Three players that are potential game changers for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at AFCON 2023 which will kick off on Saturday, January 13, 2024.
With the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) drawing closer and with teams confirming their final squad for the 34th edition of the tournament, fans have raised questions as to who are the players that can play a huge role in changing the dynamics of the team as a whole and influence how far a country can go in the competition.
Questions need answers and with the Super Eagles of Nigeria having to make several changes to its AFCON 2023 squad, here are players we believe can still change the complexity of the game and ensure that the team qualifies for the knockout stage of the competition.
Who can make the difference for Nigeria at AFCON 2O23?
The African footballer of the year 2023, Victor Osimhen is one of the players that will play a huge role for Nigeria at AFCON 2023. His goalscoring power as well as his ability to create chances for other attackers to convert is something the Super Eagles of Nigeria will heavily rely on and it is also one that will make him the main target of any defence this is also something that can be used to the advantage of Nigeria.
The chances of the Super Eagles of Nigeria getting the best out of Victor Osimhen are highly dependent on what role he is deployed in by the coach.
A striker will not get chances if there is no player to create them and with players like Kelechi Iheancho doubtful for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in form attacker for Fulham Alex Iwobi is who we might see stepping up to the big plate and creating those chances for the team at AFCON 2023.
Watch Alex Iwobi’s game for Fulham we can say a vast improvement can be spotted in how he approaches the game and his flexibility as an attacker as well. A player like Victor Osimhen will definitely need someone like Alex Iwobi to spot his runs and also make passes the naked eye might miss.
Another notable player for the Super Eagles of Nigeria who can change a game’s direction is Sadiq Umar, he is also a striker for the team and the possibility of him partnering with Osimhen at the top half of the pitch makes Nigeria a dangerous opponent to play at AFCON 2023.
Umar and Osimhen are both ruthless in front of goal and both possess the flexibility of causing enough havoc in front of goal which opens up the chance for other players to score goals if they don’t do so themselves.
Umar is also a risk taker and is never shy of taking his shot from anywhere on the pitch if a goal is in sight for him. He is a player to watch out for as he will possibly be the wild card for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at AFCON 2023.
The quality Nigeria possesses going to AFCON 2023 is limitless players like Calvin Bassey and William Troost-Ekoong can both bring the stability we crave in defence and also serve as a shield for the number one goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.
Ahmed Musa’s leadership in the team is enough motivation to make the boys know the importance of the competition as a whole. Aribo too is not to be forgotten as he might have to step into the big shoes of Wilfred Ndidi for Nigeria.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria possesses the quality to progress to the knockout stage of the competition and even go as far as winning the trophy one more time but it all boils down to how the players on the pitch are being deployed by the coach.