The Felix Houphouët-Boigny stadium is once again busy this Thursday February 1, 2024 with pre match press conferences.
After a three day recess following the round of 16 matches, coaches of four of the eight teams that qualified for the quarter finals have answered present at the Felix Houphouët-Boigny stadium for the pre-match press conference.
According to the fixtures, Angola takes on Nigeria at 6pm while the Democratic Republic of Congo will clash with Guinea at 9pm. Both matches will be played at the Felix Houphouët-Boigny stadium in Abidjan on Friday February 2, 2024.
Ahead of the encounters, coaches of the teams, each accompanied by a player, have taken turns to assure media professionals of their determination to play tactical and win in order to pick one of the four tickets for the semi finals.
Nigeria vs Angola
Super Eagles of Nigeria
Coach Jose Peseiro of the Super Eagles of Nigeria was the first to face the press. He said, “Angola is not a big football nation in Africa, but they play really good football. Tomorrow, my 11 players must attack, but also defend.”
Regarding the strike force of their opponent at the quarter finals, the Nigeria coach mentioned that, “They scored a lot of goals, but we also have a good defense.”
The coach was accompanied by Alex Iwobi, midfielder for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He said, “we must respect Angola, reaching this stage of the competition is not a coincidence. But I have confidence in my teammates, I know we will be able to handle the pressure.
Palancas Negras of Angola
The coach of the Angolan National football team.
Pedro Gonçalves sounded confident while talking to media men and women about their next match.
He said, “We worked, we gave our all. We see tomorrow’s match as an opportunity to prove that we are growing.
Currently the Nigerian team is very strong. They have very good quality players who play in big clubs. I am aware of the capabilities of the team we are going to face, but I also know the flaws that must be exploited to put them in difficulty.
Tomorrow we have a match which will allow us to prove ourselves.”
The assurance of the coach is shared by his players.
Angolan midfielder, Manuel Cafumana believes the Palancas Negras are now on an unstoppable path to victory.
“We beat a top five like Egypt and we still have room for improvement. He said. He added that, “Many say “AFCON of surprises”, I would rather say “AFCON of hard work”.
DR Congo vs Guinea
The Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo
The second match of the day is of the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo versus the Syli Nationale of Guinea.
Coach Sébastien Desabre of the DRC indicated that, “Guinea is a very well organized team in its playing system but in our team we also have strengths. For some time now, we have conceded fewer goals in the game.”
Syli National of Guinean
The coach of the Guinean National football team, Kaba Diawara told journalists that,
“We have recovered well from the previous match, we are ready for the 1/4 final. We came to play seven finals, the next one is tomorrow.”
Mamadou Diawara, midfielder for Guinea says they are playing for the pride of their nation.
“There are many Guineans who live here in Ivory Coast, which is why we give everything to make them proud.”
After the press conferences all four teams will take part in pre match training sessions which are open to the press for 15 minutes.