Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro is hopeful of upstaging Guinea Bissau at the top of Group A of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, after their clash against Island Country Sao Tome and Principe today.
The game comes up in Marrakech, Morocco after the Sao Tomeans could not present a suitable home venue for the qualification series. Recall that the Eagles beat a stubborn Sierra Leone side 2-1 in their first game of the qualifiers in Abuja on Thursday but are placed second on goals difference after Guinea Bissau hammered Sao Tome 5-1 in their opening tie in Marrakech. Speaking ahead of the tie against the Sao Tomeans, Peseiro said with his side’s pedigree, they deserved to occupy the top spot in Group A and would do so with a convincing style against their less-fancied opponents today.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles Defender, William Troost-Ekong and Midfielder, Innocent Bonke have been excused from today’s 2023 AFCON qualifier between Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe following injuries. The duo returned to their respective bases in England and France to attend to the injuries they sustained during the international break. Stand-in Super Eagles captain Troost-Ekong suffered a muscle injury against Sierra Leone last Thursday and could not recover in time for the trip to Morocco, While Bonke was injured in the friendly game against Mexico in Dallas on May 28 and was replaced at the break by Katsina United defender Sani Faisal.