Ahead of their final AFCON 2024 Group A encounter against Guinea-Bissau, Super Eagles player Bright Osayi-Samuel has said that the team is on a mission to seek revenge.
The Nigeria national team face the Djurtus on Monday at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Both sides were in the same AFCON 2024 qualifying group and the three-time continental champions suffered an upset at home in the first leg of their encounter in March 2023, before returning the favour a few days later in Bissau.
However, Osayi-Samuel is still keen on wreaking more havoc on their opponent.
Who are the Super Eagles' next AFCON 2024 opponents?
The Super Eagles will be playing Guinea-Bissau in their last game of the group stage. The Djurtus are winless in two games having suffered defeats to Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.
With nothing to play for, the Djurtus would want to leave Ivory Coast on a good note, and they might aim to spoil the party for the Super Eagles. However, Osayi-Samuel thinks otherwise.
“Now that we are playing Guinea-Bissau, it's a team that beat us so of course we all want revenge. We know that they are not an easy team,” he said.
Why are the Super Eagles seeking revenge?
The Djurtus recorded their first ever victory over the Super Eagles in March 2023 at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.
It was an AFCON 2024 qualifier and Mama Samba Balde scored the all-important goal to give the Djurtus a historic away win, breaking the hearts of Nigerian fans.
CIV win was a turning point
The versatile Fenerbahçe player believes that the victory against the host nation was significant, especially considering that many people did not give them a chance.
“It's a very good win especially when a lot of people didn't believe that we can win,” Osayi-Samuel quipped
He maintained that a win puts the Super Eagles in a good position ahead of their last group game, with the belief that the Super Eagles will emerge victorious.
“It's very important because it puts us in a good position in the group and for us to look forward to the last game and obviously we'll win that too.” He added
The 26-year-old spoke about how the victory against Ivory Coast has boosted confidence among the players.
“With this win now you can see the confidence in the group, even before the game everyone was relaxed. Everyone knew our jobs, what we needed to do.”
Super Eagles to win Group A?
Should the Super Eagles win against Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea drop points against Ivory Coast, Jose Peseiro's side will emerge winners of Group A.
The Super Eagles will be facing the Djurtus at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny on Monday, January 22.