Super Eagles winger Daddy Moses Simon says the team’s wingers are working on their mistakes as they prepare to face Sudan in their second group game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2021), on Saturday.
Nigeria beat Egypt 1-0 in their opening game on Tuesday but it could have been more if Simon and his fellow wingers had been more productive in the final third of the pitch.
Former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amunike had highlighted the wingers’ wastefulness in a chat with www.aclsports.com, urging them to assume more responsibility.
Speaking to the Media in the city of Garoua just over 24 hours to the crucial game against Sudan, Simon says they are working on it.
“Actually yes, we’re working on it (the flaws) with the staff and with the coach. Of course we are not perfect.
“Amunike is a legend, we watched him play on TV we didn’t watch him live. So we learn from them so I cannot say no. I am not Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Everyone makes mistake and everyone must try to learn from them and try to improve. We try to improve on our game every day,” said Simon, in response to a question asked by our Chief Football Writer, Fisayo Dairo.
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Moses Simon having fun in the evening sun in Garoua. He loves playing in Cameroon doesn't he? His best game in green and white since that return fixture against Cameroon in 2017.— Fisayo Dairo (@FisayoDairo) January 11, 2022
Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen who was also at the press briefing says the team’s mission in the game against Sudan is to wrap up qualification as quickly as they can.
“We all know what it means to win the next game. We know it’s not going to come easy, I think the sooner the better for everyone. Like yesterday, Cameroon scaled through, they won and secured their place in the round of 16.
“We will try as much as possible to follow suit. It’s not going to be easy like I said but that’s our mission,” said the 1994 AFCON winner.
Eguavoen has a 100% record in group stage games of the Africa Cup of Nations having won all four matches he has overseen as a coach, three in 2006 and one in 2022 already.
Fisayo Dairo, reporting from Garoua