By Babajide Okeowo
THE Super Eagles of Nigeria will be aiming for a perfect record when they take on debutants Guinea-Bissau in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles who have already booked a spot in the round of 16 will be aiming to make it three wins from three games.
This is the first time Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau will be meeting at senior level and despite having a superior quality; Coach Augustine Eguavoen has warned his men not to be complacent.
According to him, the Super Eagles are not carried away by their impressive showing so far and will take each match as they come.
“We will continue to work. We respect our opponents and will continue on the same path. We must improve and take advantage of opportunities and score more goals,” he said in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
A win on Wednesday will also stretch the former defender’s record of being the only coach to have led Nigeria to win all group games at the AFCON. He achieved that feat in 2006 as the Eagles defeated Ghana 1-0, Zimbabwe 2-0, and Senegal 2-1.
Although the same team started the last games, the match against Guinea-Bissau will be a perfect opportunity for some players to have a taste of the AFCON action.
“There will be changes in the squad, but we will not underestimate the match. All the players here are able to participate and represent Nigeria strongly,” the Nigerian coach added.
That means the likes of Chidera Ejuke, Alex Iwobi, and Kelechi Nwakali may start the game.
Defender Chidozie Awaziem may be in the running to start the match after he missed the two earlier ties. Captain Ahmed Musa could also be in the starting lineup just as Sodiq Umar might lead the line against the Wild Dogs.
Simon Moses, who has had an impressive tournament so far is also available for selection.