Players in the Super Eagles team have apologised and promised to make up for the defeat they suffered Thursday morning in an international friendly game with the Peruvian national team.
Nigeria fell 0-1 to Peru thus making it two defeats in as many games for the Coach Stephen Keshi tutored side.
Sunday Mba and Nnmadi Oduamadi, who is making his first appearance for the senior national, spoke from Lima on a sports radio programme where they apologised on behalf of their other teammates.
“We are unhappy for failing to get the win against Peru,” Mba said. “We have seen our mistakes and we will make sure we correct them before our next game with Namibia,” the Enyimba forward added.
For Oduamadi, who over the weekend helped his Italian club, Torino FC to secure promotion to the Serie A, the Peru friendly was a mixture of sadness and happiness.
“I must say I am very happy to finally get my chance to play for the Super Eagles but I would have love it to be a winning start. We want the fans to bear us, we will give a better performance in our next game which is quite important,” Oduamadi said.
Hamburg’s Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal of the game as Peru defeated a lacklustre Nigerian side 1-0.
Nigeria fielded a starting XI consisting of locally-based players but Guerrero sent a low strike past Chigozie Agbim on 37 minutes to earn victory for the hosts.
The Eagles are expected to move straight to their Calabar camp on arrival from Lima as they have a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Namibia’s Brave Warriors at the U. J. Esuene Stadium on Sunday, June 3.