Super Eagles of Nigeria Head Coach Jose Peseiro has revealed he is thinking about building a more ‘ cohesive ‘ team ahead of the 2023 AFCON.
The Portuguese gaffer made this disclosure at the Pre-match interview ahead of Sunday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game vs Sao Tome and Principe.
Nigeria have already secured qualification for the AFCON and will end the journey vs a Sao Tome and Principe side they banged 0-10 in the first leg.
When asked about his plans for the team ahead of the AFCON, Jose Peseiro said ” So, now we are thinking about building a more cohesive team. Of course, there is always a chance for new players to come in.”
“It is important for us to look ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and the AFCON in January. So it is important for us to spend time together, work on tactics and improve on a lot of things,” Peseiro said.
On the difference between team building at clubs and national teams, Peseiro lamented the challenge of limited time at International level.
Peseiro added ” You know national team is not clubs where you have enough time to build your team. You spend days, weeks and months together.
“For us, we just have to make use of the transfer windows to work together. After now, we will be together again in October before the World Cup qualifiers starts in November.
” We have three new players here; Orban, Jordan and Victor Boniface. They are all good players and who done well for their clubs.
“We have a lot of good players that I and staff have follow all the time. Weekend at times, we monitored like 40 games, ” the Super Eagles Head Coach said.
Peseiro was joined at the Pre-match conference by defender and team captain for the game William Troost-Ekong.
The POAK defender said his teammates are committed towards securing a win to set a winning mentality.
Nigeria sit top of group A in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series and will hope to ease past Sao Tome and Principe to maintain first place ahead of runners-up Guinea-Bissau who face Sierra Leone in the last game.