‘Osimhen needs to do better’ for Super Eagles – Nigeria fans chant

The Super Eagles finished their Africa Cup of Nations group stage campaign with a laboured 1-0 win over a much-changed Guinea-Bissau at the Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium on Monday.

An own goal by Opa Sangante in the 36th minute ensured a wasteful Nigeria earned all three points and Guinea-Bissau exited the tournament on the back of three straight losses.

With Equatorial Guinea defeating hosts Ivory Coast 4-0 in arguably the upset of the tournament so far, it meant Nigeria finished on seven points, the same as the Nzalang National, but Equatorial Guinea came tops on goal difference.

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Nigeria fans not pleased despite Guinea-Bissau win

Despite the win, Nigerians were not impressed and took to social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), to express their thoughts in the game.

A lot questioned if the Super Eagles would go far in the tournament with their performances in the group games – scoring just three goals and conceding one.

Some had good words for Moses Simon, who won the man of the match, but they also queried Guinea-Bissau defender Sangante, who, instead of defending his goal, ended up putting the ball into his own net.

A lot of Nigerians who did not give the Super Eagles a chance to make any meaningful impact at the tournament said even though the football was not pleasing to the eye, the Eagles have surpassed their expectations. They are happy with the seven points accrued in the group stage.

Osimhen's form a Super Eagles concern

The Super Eagles' lack of goals also prompted some fans to have a go at Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, who has scored just one goal in this tournament and has missed many chances.

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The Napoli man once again was profligate in front of goal against Guinea-Bissau, which did not sit well with many fans who think that his misses might prove too costly for Nigeria in the next round if he doesn't start tucking the chances away.

A few went the mystical route by suggesting the Napoli striker is under a spell because of the number of glaring chances he's missed in the tournament.

The Super Eagles will face the second-placed team in Group C, which comprises of Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal and Gambia.

The Teranga Lions are tipped to win the group, so it is likely either Guinea or Cameroon for the Super Eagles.

‘Osimhen needs to do better’ for Super Eagles – Nigeria fans chant
Barend Prins

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