Nigeria seeks a decisive victory against Guinea Bissau in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage to secure the top spot and gain advantages such as home-field advantage and more rest time. Head coach Jose Peseiro emphasizes the importance of building confidence and maintaining focus to avoid the pressure of criticism.
The memory of Guinea Bissau's upset against Nigeria in AFCON qualifying last year adds extra motivation for a strong performance. Despite expectations of an easy game, Nigeria acknowledges the improved quality of African teams and approaches the match with seriousness.
Injury concerns for Nigeria have eased, with midfielder Alhassan Yusuf returning to training, but Kelechi Iheanacho and Terem Moffi are available for selection. The ultimate goal for the Super Eagles remains winning the AFCON title, and players like Kenneth Omeruo stress the importance of taking each game seriously and staying grounded.
Former captains Austin Okocha and Segun Odegbami have provided inspiration and encouragement to boost the team's confidence. As Nigeria faces Guinea Bissau, they aim to secure victory and maintain their pursuit of AFCON glory.