Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has expressed confidence that Napoli goal king and 2023 Africa Player of The Year Victor Osimhen will start firing goals in their Round of 16 match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) against Cameroon on Saturday.
Nigeria, 2013 AFCON champions are set to face their fiercest rival, Cameroon in the knockout stage of the 34th edition of the AFCON after both sides ended up as runners-up in their respective groups.
Despite Nigeria attempting 41 shots in the group stage, they managed to score only three goals, leaving many Nigerian football enthusiasts puzzled about the team’s goal-scoring abilities leading up to the clash against Cameroon.
Speaking to journalists in a press conference, the Portuguese tactician defended his player amid a goal drought in the last two matches of the tournament. But expressed confidence that Osimhen would break the deadlock in the crucial last-16 match.
“For our next match, Osimhen will score; he’s important for the team. He’s the top scorer, but this is a different tournament and tough competition,” Peseiro said.
“He deserves to reach the top position because against Equatorial Guinea, he created so many chances and he scored. Did Equatorial Guinea beat us? No, we shared the point, and I know we will beat them next time because it’s not easy in this competition,”
The 2023 African Football Best Player has yet to make a significant impact in Ivory Coast after emerging top score with ten goals in the qualifiers for the 2023 AFCON.