Following their arrival in New Jersey from Dallas on Sunday, three –time African champions Nigeria Tremendous Eagles have stepped up preparations for his or her pleasant match with Ecuador on Thursday night, in addition to subsequent month’s AFCON 2023 qualifying matches towards Sierra Leone and Mauritius.
A rampant Mexican facet had been fortunate to win a sport of two halves on the AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Saturday, with the Eagles exhibiting nice spirit and creating quite a lot of possibilities within the second half after settling right down to the status pleasant, following long-haul flights into the US from the world over.
“We were unhappy to have lost to Mexico because everyone worked very hard. The issues of long travel and little time to adapt to the new zone affected us all in the first half, but we created a raft of chances in the second half and were unlucky to have lost. Nevertheless, we have taken on board a lot of lessons from the game and they will be quite useful in subsequent matches,” captain William Ekong advised thenff.com in New Jersey on Monday night. Ekong heaped plaudits on the 4 residence –primarily based professionals who got alternatives within the second half, saying they had been tireless and confirmed composure and confidence towards the El Tri.
“Everyone has been great here with good attitude and response at training. However, I must specially commend the team mates from the Nigeria Professional Football League who have shown poise, pace and power and also commitment; they have no doubt raised the NPFL’s profile with their attitude and performance.” Defender Sani Faisal, midfielder Chiamaka Madu and forwards Victor Mbaoma and Ishaq Rafiu got here into the fray within the second interval.
Having divested themselves of procession and environmental points (long-haul travels and time zone physique response), the Eagles filed out for full coaching session on the Montclair State College pitch on Monday, with many of the gamers exhibiting the standard enthusiasm, vitality and sharpness.
Monday’s session was accented on shut management, house administration and medical ending, as Coach José Peseiro supervised proceedings alongside his assistants.
Solely defender Olaoluwa Aina, who suffered a knock through the crew’s first coaching session in Dallas, and midfielder Harmless Bonke, who copped a knock in Saturday’s sport towards the Mexicans, stayed out of the grueling session to do mild restoration coaching of their very own.
The Eagles will file out towards Ecuador on the Pink Bull Area in Harrison on Thursday night, as from 8pm ET (1am on third June in Nigeria).
Nonetheless, Peseiro says his crew will not be shedding concentrate on the AFCON 2023 qualifying video games, with the Eagles because of tackle the Leone Stars on the MKO Abiola Nationwide Stadium, Abuja on Thursday, ninth June earlier than flying to Saint Pierre to tackle Mauritius on Monday, thirteenth June.
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