The Super Eagles were expected to win the match comfortably, given their status as three-time African champions and strong attacking lineup.
However, they were left stunned by a resolute Guinea-Bissau side who secured a historic first win over Nigeria.
Despite having the majority of possession, Nigeria’s inability to convert their chances and defensive vulnerability proved costly. We will delve deeper into the match and highlight some key observations from Nigeria’s defeat.
Ineffective attacking play
Despite having a star-studded attacking lineup, Nigeria failed to create clear-cut chances against Guinea-Bissau.
Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, and Ademola Lookman, who had accounted for over fifty club goals in Europe during the 2022/2023 season, were unable to break down the opposition’s defense.
Nigeria created several opportunities to score in the second half, but their finishing let them down.
Moses Simon missed from a few yards out, and both Paul Onuachu and Samuel Chukwueze missed headers that could have made the difference. These missed chances proved costly as Guinea-Bissau held on to secure a famous win.
Despite dominating possession, Nigeria’s defense was caught out by Guinea-Bissau’s counter-attacking play, which resulted in the match’s only goal.
The Super Eagles also looked poor from set pieces. Jose Peseiro’s team has now conceded nine goals in their last four games.
Nigeria’s coach, Jose Peseiro, made several tactical errors that contributed to the team’s defeat. His decision to start with a four-man attacking lineup left the team exposed at the back, and his substitutions did not have the desired impact on the match.
Lack of intensity
Nigeria lacked the intensity required to win a crucial match. The players seemed complacent and did not show enough urgency or hunger to win early enough.
This lack of intensity allowed Guinea-Bissau to steal away and score the winner to secure a famous victory.