Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has criticized head coach Jose Peseiro for choosing to start Samuel Chukwueze in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against Ivory Coast on Sunday.
Peseiro’s decision to include Chukwueze in the starting lineup over Moses Simon was questioned by Udeze, and the match ended with Ivory Coast securing a victory with two second-half goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller. Despite William Troost-Ekong scoring a goal for Nigeria in the first half, Jose Peseiro’s team ultimately lost the final with a score of 2-1.
“Starting Samuel Chukwueze against Côte d’Ivoire was a mistake,” Udeze said on Brila FM.
“You don’t change a winning team, the Ivory Coast coach made use of the same formation from the semi-final, so I don’t know why Peseiro decided to change his.”
”Let’s appreciate the [Super] Eagles because they did their best after all one team must win and one team must lose,“ he added.