Raheem Lawal, midfielder for the Atletico Beleares of Spain, was one of the few players in the Nigerian squad that spoke perfect Spanish, which is the lingua franca in Peru, and he spoke plenty of it after the slim 1-0 loss to Peru by the Super Eagles on Wednesday night.
Lawal, who was appreciated by all including Peruvians who beaded him after the encounter for a solid second half display, said that the encounter was a very balanced one, the difference being that while the host took one of the many chances that came their way, Nigeria wasted all their chances.
The Ilorin born midfielder with a quiet mien, said he was however happy with the team’s display and for Stephen Keshi who gave him the chance to shine in Nigerian colours.
“I will continue to offer myself for service to Nigeria and surely we will get better and better”, he said.
On his part, the towering defence ace, Azubuike Egwueke, said he was disappointed by the loss to Peru but noted that it was now in the past.
“The coach always tells us to forget the past and dwell in the future, that is why I want to forget this match and promise that we will punish our next opponents, for playing so well and losing in this encounter”, he said.
The Super Eagles are expected back in Lagos en route Calabar on Saturday evening.