Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, said on Monday night that his team would only get better after their 4-1 win over Niger at the ongoing African Nations Championships holding in Rwanda.
The players received $10,000 for their win.
Oliseh said this at a dinner with the Minister of sports, Solomon Dalung, and the Nigeria Football Federation board.
“For me, with these guys, it is easy to work because they are hungry,” he said.
“And because they are hungry, they are always asking questions to get better.
“I have to admit that they were nervous in the first half, but that is allowed because it was their first appearance [for most of the players] on the international stage.
He commended the presence of Dalung, whom he described as a good-luck charm.
“I have to thank the minister for coming because it is always nice and I have to admit that his coming was good for the team as we scored four goals for the first time [under his stewardship].
“And this “Gbalamu” [the $10,000 handout] will go a long way [at this point, the Eagles joined with resounding claps and hoots] to helping my boys sleep well tonight.
“Because they have really been toiling and it is good for them to feel that okay they are appreciated,” Oliseh said.
Oliseh, however added that he wouldn’t let the players spend the money in Rwanda.
“Like I have told you, we will not leave this tournament without a fight and I can say on behalf of them [the players] that it is just the beginning because when they settle in, I know that we can actually do better.”
Cameroon football legend, Roger Milla, who was at the match, agreed with Oliseh, saying the Nigerian team he saw was very good.
“The Nigerian team is good. They have really good players and have a good chance of winning the title,” Milla told Complete Sports.
“They were fantastic in the second half and I love the build-up to their goals.
“If they can work on some of their mistakes, like starting the game slowly, then I see them winning the competition,” Milla added.
Though in another interview, Oliseh sought to dampen the expectations, which expectedly has gone through the roof. “At the moment, it won’t be right for me to say we are going to lift the trophy just after one game.
“We still have a long way to go and we take it one game at a time,” he added.
The Eagles will play Tunisia on Friday at 2pm and if they win, they will secure a ticket to the second round.