Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi remains optimistic about the Super Eagles’ chances of winning the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) despite the team’s recent struggles in scoring goals.
Having participated in all three group stage games, Iwobi emphasizes that the responsibility lies with the players to demonstrate their prowess and establish themselves as the tournament’s best team.
The Super Eagles, three-time African champions, have encountered difficulties in finding the back of the net, managing just three goals in their three group stage matches.
This goal-scoring challenge, where victories rarely come with more than one goal, raises concerns among the team’s supporters.
As they face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the round of 16, the team braces for a significant challenge tonight at 9 p.m.
Previous Success and Rivalry:
In a notable group stage victory, the Eagles defeated the 2023 AFCON hosts, Ivory Coast, 1-0, solidifying their status as tournament favorites.
The upcoming clash against Cameroon holds historical significance, as the Indomitable Lions have thwarted Nigeria’s AFCON aspirations in the finals of 1984, 1988, and 2000.
Iwobi urges his teammates to prove their mettle and eliminate Cameroon, reinforcing their claim as potential champions.
Belief in Team’s Potential:
Expressing his belief in the team’s ability to secure the trophy, Iwobi asserts that Nigeria boasts one of the best squads, player for player, in Africa.
However, he stresses the importance of proving this potential on the field through hard work and preparation, regardless of the quality possessed by the opposition.
Support for Victor Osimhen:
Addressing concerns about Victor Osimhen’s goal-scoring struggles in the 2023 AFCON, Iwobi commends the striker’s hunger and passion for football.
Having witnessed Osimhen’s growth from a young player, Iwobi emphasizes that the striker’s attitude serves as inspiration for the entire team.
Osimhen’s determination, not only in finishing but also in his overall approach to the game, motivates the team to press aggressively, win balls, and create scoring opportunities.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn