3 Important Takeaways As Super Eagles Progress To The AFCON R16

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have joined the likes of Cape Verde, Senegal And Equatorial Guinea in progressing to the R16 npflupdates.com reports.

The Super Eagles on Monday defeated Guinea-Bissau to book a place in the tournament’s Round of 16.

After a keenly contested thirty minutes, with the three-time African champions keeping much of the possession, Guinea-Bissau defender Opa Sangate ballooned a low cross by Moses Simon into his own net.

Super Eagles hopeful of winning a fourth AFCON title
Super Eagles in action against Guinea-Bissau

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The Owngoal was all that the Super Eagles needed to earn their second  consecutive victory at the tournament. And also, qualifying for the knockout stages; for the second consecutive time.

What Super Eagles needs to address before R16 games

Three important things can be taken away from the Super Eagles game against Guinea-Bissau. Which may if not properly treated my become a difficulty in their near future.

First, the national team’s attacking department have only been able to score just one goal from open play. A characteristic which portray both poor passes from the midfielders, and also poor finishing from the attackers.

Secondly, the three-time African champions, are defensive minded, leaving room for ball-playing opponents to dominate them. “Should Nigeria come across a team that plays possessive football, goal will rain,” NPFLUpdates in-house analyst Mr Best said Monday evening.

Finally, the national team is lacking the services of Captain Ahmed Musa, who has great skill in crossing balls into opposition box. With good passers of the ball in the flanks, there’d be more pressure on opponent defenders, which can in turn lead to goals.

In another story, winger Moses Simon revealed Nigeria is not afraid of any team as it charges towards a fourth AFCON glory.

“It was a good win for us. To make it from the group was a good one for us, “ Simon said during a post-match interaction with the media.

Moses Simon determined Nigeria can win the 2023 AFCON
Moses Simon

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“We are not thinking about the opponent we will be facing in the next round. I can’t even say we have any preference on a team we want to face.

“We have to be ready for all opposition if we want to win the title.Any team that we draw in the next round, we are ready for them and all other teams too.”

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