Jose Peseiro has attributed the Super Eagles’ shock 1-0 defeat to Guinea-Bissau in Friday’s 2023 AFCON qualifiers to bad luck.
Mama Balde’s first half goal secured Guinea-Bissau’s first ever win against the Super Eagles.
The win moved Jurtus to seven points and tops Group A, while the Super Eagles drop to second place.
“I think we played very well in the first 30 minutes, but we didn’t score,” Peseiro said in his post-match press conference. “It showed that our team is better than Guinea-Bissau. I can say bad luck was the reason we didn’t win.
“Sometimes the best teams can lose games like this, so things went badly for us.
“We deserved a lot more because we created chances and pushed the opponent back and could have scored five, six goals, that happens in football.”
The Portuguese, however, expressed confidence that the Eagles can win the reverse fixture by as much as 3-0 based on their overall performance.
“If we play the same game as we did today, we can beat them 3-0 because one team can’t always be successful.”
And when asked if he would be surprised if he was removed after the defeat against Guinea-Bissau, Peseiro answered: “I’d be surprised if they fired me now. In the first 30 minutes of today’s game, we created chances but the likes of Osimeni, Chukwueze and Ndidi failed to score.
“But I think my team played better than the results reflect, so it’s a joke for me to talk about getting fired.”
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