Nigeria secures spot in the Africa Cup of Nations despite loss to Guinea-Bissau
Nigeria has secured a spot in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations despite losing to Guinea-Bissau in the qualifying rounds. The Super Eagles needed just a point to advance to the tournament, but ultimately fell 2-1 to Guinea-Bissau in their final qualifying match.
The loss was a disappointing end to what had been a successful qualifying campaign for Nigeria. The Super Eagles won five of their six matches, scoring 15 goals in the process. Despite the loss, Nigeria finished top of their group and will now move on to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The match against Guinea-Bissau was a closely contested affair, with both teams creating chances throughout the game. Guinea-Bissau took the lead in the 22nd minute through a goal from Zezinho. Nigeria equalized just five minutes later through a goal from Victor Osimhen.Also Read:
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However, Guinea-Bissau regained the lead in the 66th minute thanks to a goal from Mama Balde. Nigeria pushed hard for an equalizer, but were unable to find the back of the net, ultimately falling to defeat.
Despite the disappointment of the loss, there were some positives for Nigeria to take away from the match. One of the standout performers for the Super Eagles was defender Kenneth Omeruo, who put in a solid display at the back.
Speaking after the match, Omeruo was positive about Nigeria's chances in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. "We didn't come here for a draw, we came here to win," he said. "But we have enough quality in our team to bounce back and do well in the finals."
Nigeria's qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations will come as a relief to fans of the team, who have endured a difficult period in recent years. The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition of the tournament in 2021, and have struggled to make an impact on the international stage in recent times.
However, with the likes of Osimhen, Omeruo, and Wilfred Ndidi in their ranks, Nigeria will be confident of making a strong showing in the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament, which is scheduled to take place in Cameroon in January 2024, will see 24 teams from across the continent
In addition to Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, and Guinea have also qualified for the tournament.Read More:
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