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Super Eagles Coach Orders Players to Switch Off Phones Ahead of AFCON Semi-final

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Super Eagles Coach Orders Players to Switch Off Phones Ahead of AFCON Semi-final

Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has instructed his players to switch off their mobile phones from 9pm daily, according to exclusive reports from The PUNCH.

This directive comes after some players were observed playing the game ‘Call of Duty’ on Xbox.

Peseiro’s decision aims to eliminate distractions and ensure that his players remain focused ahead of their crucial Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash against South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on Wednesday.

A source from the camp revealed, “The players have been told to put off their phones from 9pm to rest well and avoid distractions of any form by the coach.”

Peseiro himself has also chosen to distance himself from the media as he intensifies preparations for the match against South Africa.

The Super Eagles were the first team to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the ongoing AFCON after Ademola Lookman’s first-half goal sealed a 1-0 victory over Angola in the quarter-finals.

Lookman’s goal was set up by Moses Simon, who made a brilliant run down the left wing.

The win has elevated Nigeria to the role of favorites in a tournament where all the top contenders have been eliminated. Nigeria, three-time AFCON champions, last lifted the trophy 11 years ago.

They have also finished in third place on eight occasions, with the most recent being in 2019.

The upcoming semi-final against South Africa will be the 15th meeting between the two sides, with Nigeria having won seven games, drawn five, and lost just two.

As the Super Eagles gear up for their semi-final clash, the focus remains on maintaining discipline and concentration.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago

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