12th January, 2012
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is not happy with the home-base players for missing scoring chances during the international friendly match against Angola’s Palancas Negras at the Abuja National Stadium yesterday.
The Eagles, comprised of local-based players, put in a gritty display as they held the Angola team that will be competing at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to a goalless draw.
Keshi who has been keeping close tabs on the players for the past month said his boys could have won but for profligacy in front of goal.
“We were a little bit wasteful with the chances we had and that is why I will always say we are rebuilding,” Keshi said.
The former Togo coach was also quick to point out that Nigeria football fans must exercise patience if they are to see the boys achieve their full potential.
“We are refocusing and pumping confidence into the boys. Nigerians will start seeing the result very soon, but they must be patient with the boys, because they are still growing,” he told SuperSport.com.
The Eagles will leave Nigeria for Liberia ahead of Friday’s international friendly against that country’s national team, while the Angolans have since left Abuja ahead of the commencement of this year’s Nations Cup, which begins on 21 January.