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2023 AFCON Qualifiers: Peseiro Says Super Eagles Battle Ready for São Tomé

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The Super Eagles and Nigeria’s delegation to Monday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against São Tomé and Príncipe landed in the southern Moroccan city of Agadir on Sunday morning.

Having bagged all three points in their 2-1 defeat of Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Thursday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are on the verge of getting another three points against São Tomé at the Grand Stade Agadir, also known as Adrar Stadium, on Monday afternoon.

Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Peseiro, said at the encounter against São Tomé will bring the best out of his team as they seek to go top of the Group A table.

“We want to be the team at the top of the table, so we must fight hard against the opponents. For every match, we must commit ourselves fully to winning it. As I said earlier in the week, Nigeria has a huge pedigree and they also have both quality and quantity of players. We must select the best all the time to win the big games.”

Defender and deputy skipper William Ekong and midfielder Innocent Bonke have returned to their respective bases in England and France to attend to injuries copped during the international break. Bonke was injured in the friendly game against Mexico in Dallas on 28th May, while Ekong suffered a groin strain in the 2-1 defeat of Sierra Leone in Abuja on Thursday.

The Confederation of African Football has appointed Liberian official Hassen Zinnah Corneh as referee for the encounter, with his compatriots Joel Wonka Doe, Ephraim Grant Whengar and Moses Forkpah as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.

Alim Konate Aboubakar from Cameroon will be the match commissioner. The match starts at 1pm Morocco time.

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