The West African giants have lifted the continental championships thrice and can be anticipated to edge previous the southern African nations
Angola midfielder Manuel Cafumana has warned Nigeria to count on a tough sport after they face the Tremendous Eagles within the quarterfinals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Soccernet.ng studies.
The Tremendous Eagles are favourites to assert a victory over an Angolan facet that’s trying to attain the quarterfinals of the AFCON for the primary time in historical past.
Nigeria are on a quest for a fourth AFCON trophy and have solely didn’t win a quarterfinal tie as soon as in 11 makes an attempt.
After the elimination of Morocco and Senegal, Nigeria are actually the highest-ranked workforce on the AFCON, whereas Angola are the lowest-ranked of the remaining eight groups within the event.
Nonetheless, Maccabi Haifa midfielder Manuel Cafumana insists the Angolans are motivated to beat the chances and defeat the Tremendous Eagles.
The 24-year-old is satisfied that Nigeria won’t have it straightforward in opposition to the Palancas Negras.
“It’ll positively be a really tough sport for each groups,” Manuel Cafumana stated on the pre-match press convention, as per the FAF.
“To date, we now have already studied the teachings with the work we now have achieved. Lengthy earlier than this CAN, we had been already with this coach, and we now have been working very effectively, with numerous dedication, which has been exhausting and long-term work.
“The motivation to beat Nigeria has lots to do with the satisfaction we now have for our nation.”
This quarter-final conflict marks Nigeria’s 102nd AFCON match and, notably, the primary assembly with Angola on this prestigious event.
Nevertheless, in different competitions, the groups have crossed paths ten occasions, with two victories every and 5 attracts.
Nigeria thwarted Angola’s AFCON aspirations in 1984 and 2004, however the Palancas Negras gained redemption by securing a spot within the 2010 FIFA World Cup on the expense of the Tremendous Eagles.