Connect with us

2023 Africa Cup of Nations

2023 AFCON: Super Eagles Held in Opening Match

Perhaps it is too early to judge, but the Super Eagles of Nigeria would have to be more clinical in their chances if they ought to remain one of the favorites in this year’s AFCON.

Under Jose Peseiro’s command, Nigeria, playing with an attacking strategy, created chances that didn’t translate into goals. In contrast, Equatorial Guinea, with their first and only shot on target, scored through Iban Salvador in the 37th minute against the run of play.

The Super Eagles hit back almost instantly, however, as Victor Osimhen beat Jesus Owono with a header at close range from Ademola Lookman’s cross.

Nigeria continued to push for more goals in the second half, and Owono had to be at his best to deny Zaidu Sanusi, Osimhen, and Aina before the hour mark. With 14 minutes remaining, Osimhen was sent through on goal by Iwobi but wasted a great chance to put the West Africans ahead by shooting wide. Equatorial Guinea managed to hold onto a crucial point despite a final burst of pressure.

“They were better in the first half; I think we played a very good game. But this is the way. We have to improve on our mistakes. For us here, we are happy for the point; we are not happy for the performance. So, we have to look at the next game. For us, the next game is the most important one,” Equatorial Guinea captain Emilio Nsue, who was named Man of the Match, said in a post-match interview.

Nigeria are now two points behind Ivory Coast, who are leading Group A. The Elephants defeated Guinea-Bissau 2-0 the day before, and Equatorial Guinea is in second place following their first round of games.

The Super Eagles will take on Ivory Coast at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium on Thursday, January 18, while Equatorial Guinea will lock horns with Guinea-Bissau at the same venue earlier in the day.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Translate »