The Super Eagles crashed out at the group stage of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Association, Musa Amadu, said on Tuesday that Nigerians should praise the Super Eagles for their performance at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Despite dropping out of the competition at the group stage after losing to Uruguay and world champions, Spain, Mr. Amadu said the Eagles did their best under the circumstances they played.
He cited a hectic schedule as one of the reasons the team did not perform better.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, Mr. Amadu said “the hectic schedule affected the players at the Confederations Cup. Between the space of two weeks, they had to go to different continents, Europe to North America to Europe and came back to Africa. They also had to travel 15hrs to Sao Paolo and Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, it wasn’t easy at all, it was a very hectic schedule.”
“I think we should commend the boys and the technical crew for being able to perform at the highest level against the best team in the world in such difficult conditions. Of course even against Tahiti obviously it was a game we should have won 10 nil, we wasted a lot of chances of course it was our first game and we won comfortably; against Uruguay, it can go either way.
“The match against Uruguay was a very tough game and of course against the world Champion Spain, when we played Spain we wasted a lot of chances and we created a lot of chances we should have gotten not less than 3-4 goals just like the Spaniards lost a lot of chances too,” Mr. Amadu added.
The football scribe said Nigerians need to praise the Super Eagles for scoring seven goals in the competition despite their tight schedule.
He said “there are lots of positives to take from there, a lot of commendations, by the Spanish coach.”
“The Super Eagles are better than this, they are not in full strength, if Emmanuel Emenike, a key player, was there we would have scored more goals.
“We have learnt lessons and we will see how we can use those lessons to get better, until we qualify for the world cup proper,” he concluded.
The Super Eagles returned to Nigeria on Monday while the home based professionals are preparing for the African Nations Championship against Cote d’Ivoire.