The Super Eagles’ head coach, Jose Peseiro, has provided insight into his decision not to alter the team’s tactics against Ivory Coast in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Despite William Troost-Ekong’s first-half header giving Nigeria the lead, the hosts staged a comeback in the second half, securing two goals to clinch the trophy.
Addressing questions after the match about why the team adopted a more defensive approach after taking the lead, Peseiro explained, “When you have a system that you have been using and it has been working, you really don’t want to change it.
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It is true that I stuck to this strategy until we were 2-1 down, and then I decided to change it. We conceded goals from some defensive errors, and they had a drop in level against the Ivorians.”