AFCON 2023: Nigeria Progress To The Round-Off 16 After Victory Against Guinea-Bissau

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Nigeria beat Guinea-Bissau 1-0 to progress out of the group into the last 16 of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON). The win came when Opa Sangante diverted a Moses Simon cross into his own net nine minutes before the break. Both sides had goals ruled out in the second half for offside, while Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen also had his goal disallowed for handball.

Jose Peseiro’s side finished second in Group A behind Equatorial Guinea, the team that beat host Ivory Coast 4-0. Ivory Coast’s surprising collapse in the other Group A game meant a point would have been enough for Nigeria to progress, but Jose Peseiro will be aware that his side will need to be more clinical in attack if the West Africans are to go deep to the finals.

“It’s a new competition that’s starting for us. The most important part of a competition in this Africa Cup of Nations: the knockout matches. We will have to be more clinical in front of goal because the slightest mistake will be fatal for us.” José Peseiro said in his post-match reaction.

The Super Eagles will face the second-placed side from Group C, which will be Senegal, Guinea or Cameroon, in the last 16 on Saturday (20:00 GMT). For the 17th time in history, the Super Eagles are in the round of 16 at AFCON.

Meanwhile, Bouchra Karboubi became the second woman to referee an AFCON finals game; following in the footsteps of Salima Mukansanga in Cameroon two years ago, with the Moroccan also making history by heading the first all-female officiating team at the finals.

 

 

 

 

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