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Eagles seeking redemption for World Cup failure with AFCON ticket, says Osimhen

By Oluyemi  Ogunseyin
24 March 2023   |   12:09 pm
With a feeling of disappointment still hovering around over their failure to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has said the Super Eagles  will do everything to win their 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau and secure a ticket to the tournament in Cote…

Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen (L) vies with Ghana’s Daniel Amartey (R) during the World Cup 2022 qualifying football match between Nigeria and Ghana at the National Stadium in Abuja on March 29, 2022. (Photo by Pius Utomi EKPEI / AFP)

With a feeling of disappointment still hovering around over their failure to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has said the Super Eagles  will do everything to win their 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau and secure a ticket to the tournament in Cote d’Ivoire next year.

The Super Eagles failed to make their seventh appearance at the global football showpiece in November last year, to the extreme disappointment of highly expectant football fans in the country.

The 2023 AFCON qualifiers have given the players the opportunity to quickly make soccer-loving Nigerians forget the pain of having to watch the mundial without their darling team.

The Jose Peseiro-led boys have recorded two wins from as many matches so far in the qualification series after defeating both Sierra Leone as well as Sao Tome and Principe.

A win in their third Group A game against the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau at the MKO Abiola national stadium in Abuja today will see the three-time African champions take a step closer to another appearance at the biggest football event on the continent.

With a full complement of the players at his disposal and no injury worries, Peseiro and his team are expected to brush aside the visitors who are closely following Nigeria in second place with four points from two matches.

In an interview with the NFF TV ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualifier against Guinea Bissau, Osimhen who is currently the Serie A top-scorer with 21 goals, acknowledged that the team had let Nigerians down in the past.

He added that he and his team-mates are determined to do everything possible to win back the love of Nigerians. The 24-year-old averred that the team will do its best to win the game today.

“Thank you very much for your support, thank you for sticking with me, the Super Eagles, especially your support throughout the years.

“I know we might have let you down in the past, we will do everything within our power to win your love back, thank you for your support,” he stated.

Guinea-Bissau will have the opportunity to test Nigeria once again after Friday’s encounter when they meet in the return leg of the tie at the Nacional 24 de Setembro Stadium on March 27.