Nwosu asked the team to put their loss to Mali behind them.
Nwosu said in Lagos on Tuesday that the defeat did not mean that the Eagles performed poorly in the opening match.
He stressed that the match has come and gone, and the technical crew and the players must put it behind them and focus on their subsequent fixtures.
“Although we lost, I know this will serve as an eye opener and bring them back on course. We have played the match and it has gone and I urge both the technical crew and the players to put it behind them. They should work hard at getting the maximum six points at stake in their remaining matches to make the next around,” he said.
Nwosu, who was a member of the victorious Eagles squad that won the 1980 edition of the AFCON in Lagos, charged the team to play with determination in order to succeed.
“Determination in the field of play is the only way they can be victorious,” he said.
He said he was very optimistic about the team’s chances of qualifying for the next round, in spite of their initial set back.