Coach Sunday Oliseh has hailed his side’s improvement after the team defeated Niger 2-0 in an international friendly at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port-Harcourt on Tuesday.
Oliseh got his first victory as the coach of the Super Eagles with stand-in captain Ahmed Musa and substitute Simon Moses, scoring at each half of the game in what many football followers see as an improved performance after their shambolic goaless draw against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match over the weekend.
The Super Eagles faced barrage of criticisms following their uninspiring display in Saturday’s AFCON qualifier in Dar es Salam, but Oliseh said his side showed a lot of progress in their victory over Niger.
“It was not only important for us to win, but playing organised and that is why I’m happy for the lads,” Oliseh said after the game.
“They [Niger] played very well and gave us a good fight. We were not only playing them, we also wanted to see if we really corrected the errors we made on Saturday.
“I think we were better organised when we lost the ball, and when we pressed we did it better. I think all we have to do now is hold the balls for a longer period and dictate the pace of the game. Though that is going to take a very long time.”
The happy coach also praised the effort of midfielder Usman Mohammed for putting up a commanding performance against coach Francois Zahoui’s side, but feels the FC Taraba captain still has a lot to learn.