AFCON Qualifier: Bissau Possess a Better Pitch Than Abuja – Peseiro

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has described the Estadio 24 de Setembro pitch in Guinea-Bissau as better than that of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

Peseiro stated this during an interview with the NDD media team after the double-header Africa Cup of Nation qualifiers between Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau.  

After the Super Eagles were beaten 1-0 in Abuja against the Wild Dogs last Friday, the Eagles bounced back to clinch a 1-0 win through a Moses Simon’s 30th-minute penalty in the reverse fixture on Monday.

Jose Peseiro

The Portuguese tactician in a chat with NFF’s media team after the win on Monday lauded his team’s ability to create chances but regretted their failure to convert the chances into goals. The coach also described Guinea Bissau’s turf in the fixture as better than the Moshood Abuja National Stadium, Abuja.

He said, “Our team is much better than Guinea Bissau and we created many chances in the second leg, just like the first. Also, the pitch is better than Abuja. You know our team play an offensive game, and I think we deserved to beat Guinea in both matches. We could have beaten them like 5-1 in Abuja and maybe 5-0 in the second leg because they didn’t create one opportunity.

“I like the quality of our football, the ball possession and the creation of clear opportunities. Our mistake was the finishing and that can improve in the next matches. At this moment, I am happy, not because of the result, but because we played quality football with our quality players.”

Peseiro also alluded to the Eagles’ style of play under erstwhile coach Genort Rohr, claiming he wants the team to remain offensive.

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“You try to plan an offensive game that the fans want. The last coach left because the people complained of that, so I want to play nice and beautiful football with opportunities. We have the best squad now and I think we can do better with our finishing.”

Meanwhile, Mohammed Sanusi, the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation, who was with the team in Bissau, assured fans that the federation would do everything possible to improve the conditions of the Eagles and other national teams.

Sanusi said, “It was a sweet victory. The spirit of the players, officials and everyone at home was down after the loss at home. But as professionals, we knew it wasn’t over and the players came out for business and delivered. We are also grateful to Nigerians who received us from the airport and also came out on match-day to support us. We also thank Nigerians at home who believed in the team.

“We are working out logistics to improve on what was done the last time. I can assure that very soon, we will see an improved Super Eagles and other national teams.”

The win places Nigeria atop group A in the AFCON qualifiers with nine points, trailed by Djurtus in second with seven points and Sierra Leone in third with five points. Sao Tome and Principe are placed bottom with one point.

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