AFCON: Eagles need to score more goals -Ex-DG, NSC

Thursday, 27 Jun, 2019

The Nigeria national soccer team faces Guinea in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) group stage match at Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, Africa, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (6/26/19) at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

A 73rd minute strike by defender Kenneth Omeruo off Simon Moses' corner kick secured another narrow win for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria have now earned maximum six points from their first two games, are top of Group B and have sealed qualification into the knockout stages of the AFCON tournament. The Burundians and Malagasies meet on Thursday.

The match against Guinea comes on the back of the Super Eagles players boycotting Tuesday's pre-match press conference due to a bonus dispute.

He received some rough treatment and was substituted midway through the second half just before Nigeria broke the deadlock.

Reflecting on the first match, Put said: "For Naby, it was not my decision to have him on the bench".

Simon got away again down the right just after the half-hour mark, with Ighalo galloping up in tandem.

The 24-year-old Liverpool midfielder needed medical attention several times late in the first half.

Others also blasted striker Odion Ighalo for how he failed to pass to Ahmed Musa when he had the chance to do so.

Peter Etebo then stung the fingers of Kone from a free-kick that the goalkeeper parried and a defender cleared.

Keita was in action for 70 minutes and looked to be close to his best, before he was later replaced by Lass Bangoura.

Keita came into the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations right at the end of his recovery from a groin injury and, such was his lack of match fitness, only managed 28 minutes of Guinea's opening draw with Madagascar.