Touchaheart Nigeria reports that as the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 unfolds in Cote d’Ivoire, the Super Eagles face a setback in their upcoming clash against the Elephants.
Jose Peseiro, the coach of the Nigerian national football team, confirmed in a press conference held on Wednesday that defensive midfielder Alhassan Yusuf will be sidelined for the match at the Stade Olympique Alassan Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan.
The setback follows Yusuf’s injury during the previous game against Equatorial Guinea, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Quotes from Jose Peseiro
During the team’s news conference, Coach Jose Peseiro provided insights into the player’s condition, stating, “Alhassan Yusuf is out of the match against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.”
Peseiro continued, “The Royal Antwerp FC of Belgium defensive midfielder will only be in contention in the third match against Guinea-Bissau.”
Victor Osimhen’s Availability
On a positive note, Peseiro confirmed the availability of Napoli FC striker Victor Osimhen for the crucial match against Cote d’Ivoire.
The reigning African Footballer of the Year is expected to play a key role in the team’s strategy.
Updates on Other Players
Leicester City playmaker Kelechi Iheanacho is inching closer to making a comeback, as revealed by the Portuguese coach.
Peseiro stated, “Iheanacho is close to playing,” suggesting that the talented midfielder might soon be back in action for the Super Eagles.
Additionally, Terem Moffi, the OG Nice FC striker from France, is catching up with the rest of the squad as anticipated.
Peseiro shared, “Terem Moffi is making progress and is catching up with the rest of the squad.”
What You Should Know
As Nigeria prepares to face Cote d’Ivoire in their second match of AFCON 2023, the absence of Alhassan Yusuf due to injury serves as a challenge for the Super Eagles.
However, with key players like Victor Osimhen available and others nearing full fitness, the team remains determined to put up a formidable performance on Thursday.