We have to win, says Peseiro
Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro says the encounter against Sao Tome and Principe will get the most out of his side as they seek to climb to the top of the table.
São Tomé and Príncipe host the Super Eagles in one of the matchday two matches of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Group A qualifier at Grand Stade Agadir on Monday.
After bagging all three points in their 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Thursday, the Eagles need to pick up another three points against the hosts.
Peseiro said this according to a statement from Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Director of Communications Ademola Olajire on Sunday.
“We want to be the team at the top of the table so we have to fight hard against the opponents. Every game we have to be fully committed to winning it. As I said earlier in the week, Nigeria have a huge pedigree and they also have the quality and quantity of players,” the Eagles coach said.
He added: “It’s important that we select the best all the time to win the big games.”
The statement also said that the Nigerian delegation to Monday’s AFCON 2023 qualifier against the Falcons and True Parrots of São Tomé and Príncipe landed in the southern Moroccan city of Agadir on Sunday.
“Air Peace’s Embraer 195 E2, which flew the team to a number of match venues, including Morocco when they beat Liberia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. FIFA World in Tangier, landed at Agadir Almarissa airport,” the NFF statement revealed. “He landed at 8:15 a.m. sharp on Sunday, with a total of 25 players and the technical and administrative team. The delegation was led by NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and also included General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, a number of board members, some NFF management and staff, some stakeholders and media representatives.
The statement further revealed that defender and assistant skipper William Ekong and midfielder Innocent Bonke were not among the 25 players who made the trip to Morocco.
Both players had returned to their clubs in England and France to recover from injuries sustained during the international break.
“Bonke was injured in the friendly match against Mexico in Dallas on May 28, while Ekong suffered a groin sprain in Sierra Leone’s 2-1 loss in Abuja on Thursday,” he said. he declares.
The NFF added that the Confederation of African Football has appointed Liberian official Hassen Zinnah Corneh as referee for the game.
“He will be joined by fellow countrymen Joel Doe, Ephraim Whengar and Moses Forkpah as Assistant Referee 1, Assistant Referee 2 and Fourth Official respectively,” the statement added. “Alim Konate Aboubakar from Cameroon will be the match commissioner. The match starts at 1:00 p.m. Morocco time.