With both teams eyeing a spot in the coveted semifinals, the intensity is palpable.
Nigeria's midfielder, Alex Iwobi, shared insights into their preparations and strategy, highlighting the meticulous approach they are adopting.
The Fulham man emphasised the thoroughness of their analysis of the Angolan team's gameplay.
“We watched their videos, we want to exploit their weaknesses,” he stated.
Aware of the formidable challenge that lies ahead, Iwobi acknowledged the strength of the Angolans, noting, “It's going to be a tough game.”
However, he expressed confidence in their defensive capabilities, pointing out their proficiency in thwarting opposing attacks.
“They have been scoring a lot of goals, but we have been defending well,” he added.
Super Eagles team news – Iwobi's Nigeria role
Iwobi also shed light on his pivotal role within the Super Eagles team structure.
With expectations high and the pressure mounting, Iwobi revealed the tactical instructions he and his teammate Frank Onyeka have been given by the coaching staff.
“I have been told to manage the ball and keep possession for my team,” he shared, emphasising the importance of ball control in dictating the flow of the game.
Moreover, Iwobi elaborated on the broader strategic directive he and Frank have been tasked with.
“The role me and Frank are told to do is to control the game as much as we can and defend as a team,” he continued.
Iwobi reflects on his journey with the Super Eagles
With a wealth of experience under his belt, Iwobi acknowledged his prominent role within the squad at the Africa Cup of Nations and the Nigeria national team in general.
“I think I am the second most capped player in the team after Ahmed Musa,” he revealed, a testament to his enduring presence and contributions to Nigerian football.
Drawing from his own path to success, Iwobi offered sage advice to his fellow teammates, urging them to draw inspiration from their club experiences.
“I advise other players to do what they have been doing in their club, just work hard and fight for your country,” he quipped.