Nigeria will be one of the favourites to rule Africa again when the best of the continent gather in Ivory Coast next month
Former Nantes forward Samson Siasia has backed Real Sociedad striker Umar Sadiq to be crucial for Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Soccernet.ng reports.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will be the biggest star at the 36th edition of the continental championship slated to kick off in Ivory Coast on the 13th of January.
Osimhen, the reigning Africa Player of the Year, will lead the attack for Nigeria as the Super Eagles aim to lift the AFCON trophy for the fourth time in history.
However, 1994 AFCON winning attacker Siasia believes former Almeria star Sadiq is the man head coach Jose Peseiro should build his strike force around at the tournament.
Sadiq has scored only two goals – both fantastic strikes – for Real Sociedad this season after returning from a long injury layoff.
Still, Siasia is convinced that with the support of the head coach, the 25-year-old forward can fire Nigeria to glory in Ivory Coast.
“Sadiq (Umar) is very good,” Siasia told the Africa Interviews.
“They need to give him a chance and give him the kind of confidence he needs. Then he’s going to surprise. We see him playing in his club and he’s doing very well. He can actually do the same thing here (with the Eagles team).”
Nigeria will face hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau in Group A of the AFCON.