The Super Eagles will be looking to claim the title in Ivory Coast, but they have not inspired much confidence with their results
Nigeria’s Super Eagles fell to a 2-0 defeat to Guinea in their preparatory game for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for later this month, Soccernet.ng reports
After defeating Dubai club Al Gharib in an unofficial fixture, Nigeria squared off against the Syli National of Guinea in their solitary preparatory fixture for the AFCON.
Coach Jose Peseiro named an unusual starting eleven, with regulars Victor Osimhen and Alex Iwobi starting from the bench while Victor Boniface was sidelined because of an injury.
The Super Eagles started the fixture well, dominating the play and bossing the possession. However, they were pegged back in the 14th minute via a goal from Aguibou Camara, which made it 1-0 for Guinea.
Nigeria got a lifeline in the 19th minute after Sadiq Umar was fouled in the box. Moses Simon was tasked with taking the penalty, but his strike was saved by the Guinean goalkeeper.
Umar and Samuel Chukwueze had chances to equalise for Nigeria before the end of the first half, but they failed to utilise their chances.
The Super Eagles started the second half well, but they still lacked the cutting edge. Chances fell to Chukwueze and Awaziem, but they failed to convert. Then, just like the first, Guinea struck again through Facinet Conte to make it 2-0 after 64 minutes.
Coach Peseiro introduced Calvin Bassey, Frank Onyeka, and Iwobi into the game in place of Raphael Onyedika, Kenneth Omeruo, and Chidozie Awaziem in the 73rd minute, but the score remained the same.
It eventually ended 2-0 for the Guineans in Abu Dhabi. Peseiro and his boys will look to return to winning ways in their first game against Equatorial Guinea at the Nations Cup.