Pinnick Takes Positives In ‘Exciting Prospects’ Despite Super Eagles Defeat

Super Eagles ended their tour of the United States with another defeat in a friendly match against the La Tri of Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena Stadium in the early hours of Friday.

An early first-half goal by Villarreal’s defender Pervis Estupinan handed Jose Peseiro his second defeat in what was his second game in charge of the Super Eagles, the first, a 2-1 loss to Mexico.

Regardless of the results, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) while speaking to NFF TV after the match was full of praise, saying the Eagles achieved their goal.

“I am happy and I can tell you that we fulfilled our objectives of restoring the spirit of the Super Eagles following the failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.”

“We lost both games against Mexico and Ecuador narrowly but we were up for it and never finished on the back foot. Given the number of first-team players that were not available, we have to praise the boys who showed up here and gave their all”. He said.

Amaju Pinnick assured that the results against Mexico and Ecuador will boost the team’s confidence ahead of the 2023 AFCON qualification opener against Sierra Leone next Thursday.

“They have given us confidence going into the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The despondency is over and we can now march forward in a sure-footed manner,” he concluded.

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