Thursday Jan 07, 2016. 08:28
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has admitted his team are not yet ready for the 2016 CHAN after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Angola in a warm-up match in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles ‘B’ team took the lead from the penalty spot after 84 minutes through experienced Nigeria league campaigner Bartholomew Ibenegbu, before CHAN-bound Angola drew level four minutes later.
“I am happy with the way they played, but we’re not yet ready for CHAN,” admitted Oliseh, who faces his first major test in charge of Nigeria at the tournament reserved for players who feature in their home leagues.
The coach said his team have had to cope with Injuries and high altitude.
“We played the game without strikers because our two top strikers (Tunde Adeneji and Chisom Chikatara) are injured and we also have to get used to the high altitude,” he explained.
Nigeria finished third on their CHAN debut two years ago in South Africa.
Officials said the Eagles will observe a rest day o Friday before they resume training in Pretoria the following day.
They play another warm-up match against Cote d’Ivoire on Monday.