Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, has disclosed that the Elephants of Cote D’ivoire played better than his players in the final clash of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
Peseiro’s side lost 2-1 to the hosts Cote D’Ivoire in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Elephants, who dominated the game came from a goal down to win the keenly contested encounter.
While commending Cote D’Ivoire for their remarkable performance, the Portuguese noted that his players struggled in the game.
“My players did their best in this tournament, Cote d’Ivoire played better than us in this game. We didn’t show our level.
“The performance on individual and collective level was not good enough for us.
“Cote d’Ivoire played better than us. They played really well. I wanted to win this trophy, my players wanted to the trophy as well. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t do it.
“I’m sad, my players are sad too. The performance was not good enough but I can’t fault them. They gave their best in this tournament.
“These things happen in football. Sometimes things don’t go your way.”