‘I told my players not to savor the victory.’
Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro says they used a strategy that worked for them in their hard-fought 1-0 win over TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire hosts on Thursday evening.
The Portuguese technician is delighted to have implemented “a strategy that worked” against the hosts, who had a highly vocal crowd backing at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpe.
However, he acknowledges having noted some improvement areas during this match won thanks to a penalty caused by Victor Osimhen and converted by William Troost-Ekong in the 55th minute.
“For the next match, we have to control the game, try to be less timid, and not give possession to the opponent,” he said.
For José Peseiro, this victory does not suddenly make Nigeria one of the competition’s favorites.
“I told my players not to savor the victory. We have four days left before the next match. From day one, I told them: ‘You must win the AFCON,'” he said.
Nigeria faces Guinea-Bissau on Monday, 22 January, at the Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny in Abidjan for their third and final round of Group A matches at 17h00 GMT.