By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigeria U23 Eagles assistant coach, Fatai Amoo, has begged for calm amongst Nigerian football faithful following the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
Ahmed Musa’s 85th minute strike was cancelled by Bongani Zungu seconds before the final whistle went up as the Eagles were coasting to a narrow win.
The former Super Eagles assistant coach spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on his thoughts about the outcome of the game.
Amoo says there are positives from Sunday’s friendly at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
“The result was a better one than the Uganda game which the team lost.
“For South Africa to have equalised just few seconds to the end of the game tells you the Nigerian defence would have done better.
“However, I want to ask Nigerian fans to show this team some understanding. Most of the players are playing their first, second, or third game for the national team,” Amoo reasons.
“The team is going through a rebuilding process, and I have no doubt that they will gel by the time the 2017 AFCON qualifiers and 2018 World Cup qualifiers begin.
“Brazil, for instance, had a forgettable World Cup in 2014 which they hosted, but look at their results in friendlies since then, they have virtually put that disappointment in the past, going by the results they’ve had so far. The Super Eagles team is going through same process. Nigerians should be patient with the ‘new’ Eagles,” the ex Stationery Stores coach tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will not be in competitive action until June 2015 when the qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations kick off.