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Afcon 2021: Super Eagles will avoid complacency against Guinea Bissau – Moses Simon

22:48 SAST 2022/01/15
Moses Simon
Although a place in the Round of 16 is guaranteed, the winger says there will be no complacency against the Djurtus

Moses Simon has no fears of complacency from the Nigeria squad and stated the Super Eagles will do everything possible to defeat Guinea Bissau.

Following Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over Sudan at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, the three-time African kings are through to the Round of 16 with a match to spare.

Fresh from their 1-0 defeat of Egypt, Augustine Eguavoen’s men stepped up their game to record their second victory with Simon, Taiwo Awoniyi and Samuel Chukwueze settling the encounter.

Addressing the media after the four-goal thriller, the Nantes star – who was named as man-of-the-match disclosed that his teammates are looking forward to winning their last group fixture against Baciro Cande’s side.

“Every game is important for us and we will take each game step by step,” he said.

“We will give our best against Guinea Bissau because the coach will not accept anything aside from victory.  

“Also, anyone who is selected for that game will prove his worth and we will go all out for victory.”  

Having silenced the Mohamed Salah-inspired Pharaohs, many had expected the three-time African champions to Stroll past the Falcons of Jediane.

Even with the convincing win, Simon admitted that playing Burhan Tia’s men was more tasking than the outing against seven-time Afcon winners, Pharaohs.

“The Sudanese were more difficult for us than the Egyptians. We expected this and we were ready for them,” he continued.

“Having scored three goals already, we needed to keep possession just to flow with the ball and not to run after it.

“However, during the closing stages of the game, Sudan tried to play long balls, but we were sure they were not going to score because we stayed a little bit backward.”

He also dedicated his man-of-the-match award to his teammates while appreciating the Super Eagles’ technical crew.

“All thanks to the team and the technical staff. We worked really hard for this, and I believe the man-of-the-match goes to the team.”

While Nigeria take on Guinea Bissau in Garoua, the fixture between Sudan and Egypt will be staged at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.