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AFCON Qualifiers 2023: Football isn’t magic – NSCDC coach, Ibrahim predicts Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria second-leg

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Abubakar Ibrahim, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) FC head coach, has predicted Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, return leg qualifier against Guinea-Bissau at the Estádio 24 de Setembro on Monday evening.

DAILY POST reports that Nigeria lost 1-0 against Guinea-Bissau in the reverse fixture last Friday at the Abuja National Stadium.

Jose Peseiro’s side are currently in the second position in AFCON qualifier Group A standings, with a point behind leaders Guinea-Bissau after three games.

Speaking with DAILY POST ahead of the return fixture, Ibrahim insisted that football is not magic, predicting that the Super Eagles can beat Guinea-Bissau 3-0 in front of their home fans.

Ibrahim said, “Football is not magic. No doubt about it.

“The Super Eagles of Nigeria can go there and beat them 3-0, 2-0, whatever. It happens, Football is not magic, and it’s real.

“The only issue the Super Eagles have is the team. If Nigerians can motivate and encourage the team. The players are all good players.

“They have been selected based on merit. So, Jose Peseiro’s men can still make it to the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast. Nigeria have been doing wonders in Football for a long time even when it seemed they wouldn’t qualify. They ended up qualifying for a major tournament.

“Aside from the recent FIFA World Cup competition that was held in Qatar, the Super Eagles have been a regular in the World Cup and also in the Nations Cup. We have always been present in the competition.

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“Having said that, at the moment, it is not good to underrate any country, but Nigeria’s reputation in world football is there, so the Super Eagles can still make it.”


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