Super Eagles new coach Jose Peseiro said that beating the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier is non-negotiable.
The Portuguese coach in Wednesday’s Press Conference ahead of the game against Sierra Leone later today, also rubbished a false rumours making the rounds that he had complained about the playing surface of the stadium.
He said at Wednesday’s Press Conference:
I didn’t speak or complain to anyone about the pitch and I really don’t know where the false story was coming from.
I never spoke to any journalist on this issue.
In fact, the only time I spoke with the press prior to my taking charge of the team was during a post-match conference in U.S.
To us, the most important thing is playing well and beating Sierra Leone. Every other thing is secondary. So, winning tomorrow is non-negotiable.
It is a pleasure to coach the Super Eagles. This is a team with lots of history and indeed, the pride of Africa.
I’m happy and I have come here to do my best and the big goal for me is to win the next AFCON.
We must do it together; my staffers, the players, NFF and of course, the media, and the work begins today.
I have come here for one goal: to achieve success with the fantastic players and for Nigerians.
I am confident because I believe in the team, the quality and the number of good players.
I have followed Nigeria’s history in football from 1994 and other successful teams, and I want to bring back that joy.
I have always loved the Nigeria team, particularly since I watched them play at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the U.S.
It is a team with solid pedigree. Presently, we have both the quality and quantity of players and it is always a good situation for any team.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Sierra Leone today at the Abuja National Stadium. And four days after taking on Sierra Leone, Peseiro and his men will travel to Grand Stade de Agadir, Morocco for their next game with Sao Tome and Principe.