As the Super Eagles of Nigeria prepare to play Angola in a pivotal quarterfinal African Cup of Nations match at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the setting is set for an exciting encounter. The Nigerian National Team is ready to defeat Angola and guarantee their place in the semi-finals as they aim to win the AFCON title. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
As anticipation builds, Jose Peseiro has opted for consistency, maintaining the core lineup that secured a convincing victory over Cameroon weeks ago. However, amidst the excitement, it’s essential to dissect two key mistakes in Peseiro’s selection for this pivotal encounter.
1. Failure to Bench Zaidu Sanusi
Zaidu Sanusi’s struggles in the defensive line have been glaring throughout the AFCON tournament. The 26-year-old left-back has faltered in tracking opponents’ runs, leaving the Super Eagles vulnerable to attacks. Persisting with Zaidu Sanusi in this match risks exposing Nigeria’s defensive frailties, providing Angola with an avenue to exploit.
2. Benching Kelechi Iheanacho.
In a decision that raised eyebrows, Jose Peseiro opted to keep Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench, overlooking his prowess in both creativity and goal-scoring. With his ability to apply relentless pressure on Angola’s defense, Iheanacho could have been a game-changer. Choosing to start Moses Simon, who has struggled to perform consistently, over Kelechi Iheanacho appears to be a missed opportunity. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>