Super Eagles defeated their South African counterpart 2-0.
The Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, has said Nigeria deserved their 2-0 win over his side as the Super Eagles were more clinical in front of goal.
Substitute Uche Nwafor netted a second half brace to help the Super Eagles lift the Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.
“I’d like to congratulate Nigeria; they beat us convincingly and I think they deserved their victory,” said Igesund.
“Throughout the game, especially in the last third, they were much better than us; they used the ball better and they were more patient.
“I think we created a couple of chances, especially in the first half, but we just couldn’t get on the end of them.
“In the second half they scored the goal that made us chase the game and after that the second goal game.
“We kept trying to get back into the game but I think the difference between the two teams was our play in the last third.”
The South African coach said he believes his side can take some lessons from the encounter ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Botswana in September.
“It was a good exercise for us because we need to play teams like Nigeria,’ he added.“They are a very strong team with very good players who play at a high level and it was a good test for us.”
“We can only improve; you can see they’ve been playing against good opposition and we need to continue doing this in order to grow,” he added.
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