As the anticipation builds for the highly-anticipated AFCON 2023 semi-final clash between Nigeria and South Africa, Super Eagles Team Coordinator, Patrick Pascal, has assured that the Nigerian team will not underestimate their opponents.
Pascal emphasized the importance of approaching the match with utmost seriousness, stating that the Super Eagles will treat it as if it were a final.
He highlighted the team’s hunger for victory and their determination to reclaim the cup. Pascal expressed the team’s intention to secure victory within regulation time, aiming to avoid extra time or a penalty shootout scenario.
Acknowledging the strength of the South African team, Pascal commended their performance in previous matches against Morocco and Mali.
He revealed that the Nigerian technical crew has carefully analyzed South Africa’s style of play and formulated strategies to disrupt their cohesion and secure victory.
Regarding Victor Osimhen’s potential participation in the game, Pascal provided reassuring news, stating that the reigning African Footballer of the Year has received medical clearance to play.
Osimhen, who plays for Napoli, has joined the team’s camp in Bouake and participated in training alongside his teammates on Tuesday evening in preparation for Wednesday’s semi-final encounter.
With both teams gearing up for a highly competitive match, Pascal’s assurance underscores the Super Eagles’ commitment to securing victory and advancing to the final stage of the tournament.
Nigeria’s focus remains on executing their game plan effectively and overcoming the challenges posed by their formidable opponents, South Africa.