The Super Eagles’ team that faced Taifa’s Stars of Tanzania in Saturdays 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam was largely experimental and the team will get better as the coach Sunday Oliseh-led technical crew continue to work on them, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured Contrary to popular expectation, the Super Eagles struggled against the upset-seeking Taifa Stars and the Nigerian team only managed to escape with a barren draw courtesy of the excellent performance of Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
Speaking on the outcome of the game in Dar es Salaam, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said rather than be despondent Nigerians should be hopeful as the result came with a lot of positives.
Pinnick urged fans to be patient with Oliseh, who led the Eagles out for their first competitive match since taking charge as head coach.
He said: “It was a good match in the sense that Oliseh has now seen his first set of players, and he has seen the good and the bad ones. “If we had been able to play a friendly match before this game, he would certainly have had greater knowledge of each and everyone of his players.
“However, a lot of lessons have been learnt. The Coach himself would have wanted so much to win, but that is football. I believe the team will get better as we go along.” The NFF, he revealed, intends to organize several friendly games to engender bonding among the new players and entrench cohesion and telepathy.
“On our part, we will do our best to arrange a lot of friendly games for the team. I believe the team will be better against Niger Republic in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. “When you are rebuilding, you have to exercise patience because you have to bring in and take out as the process requires,” said Pinnick.
The NFF President hailed the discipline and organization that he saw in the Eagles’ camp in Dar es Salaam. “As we keep saying, it is not always only about winning.
The building of a sustainable football culture is paramount in our administration’s programs. “We want to win matches, but we also want to see attitude that projects the nation positively. I am happy with the discipline in the team camp and the organization. “When there is discipline and dedication, and patriotism, the results will come,” he said.
– Oladipo Okubanjo