By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Friday Ekpo, has applauded the Nigeria Football Federation for giving the Super Eagles the opportunity to play Cameroon and Congo in the upcoming FIFA international week.
The Eagles will take on Congo on Thursday and will face Cameroon on Sunday in Belgium.
In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, Ekpo stated that what should be focused upon should be how the team performed and not the outcome of the games.
"It is good quality friendly games and these are the type of games we should be playing anytime opportunities like this comes up and I will say kudos to the NFF," the former Super Eagles midfielder said.
"We should try to be playing the big nations, which we are doing now, in order to know how strong and weak we are, so that we can start to build our own team, so as not to be found wanting. So I am glad about it, it is a nice thing.
Whether we lose, win or draw, it doesn't matter, all we should focus on is areas to strengthen in our team."
The 1992 Cup of Nations bronze medalist however predicted tough encounters.
"Playing against the likes of Cameroon and DR Congo, as we all know, it is always a very tough. But like I said, we shouldn't focus on the result, we should focus on how our team played, what are their strengths and weaknesses.
"So for me, these are what we should be looking out for and I believe playing these countries will give us a true reflection about the team," Ekpo told Completesportsnigeria.com.