Wednesday Sep 28, 2022. 16:32
Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro declared himself happy with the performance of his team despite losing 2-1 to Algeria at the Olympic Stadium in Oran on Tuesday.
The Super Eagles got off to a flying start when Terem Moffi opened the scoring after just nine minutes, but the Fennec Foxes hit back through a Riyad Mahrez penalty four minutes before half-time.
Youcef Atal then completed the comeback win on 61 minutes to hand Peseiro his third defeat in five games since taking charge of the West African giants in May.
The Portuguese tactician felt his players benefitted from the friendly as well as the training camp in Constantine, although he admits they could have done better in attack after creating enough opportunities to score more than just the one goal.
“It was a good game, the camping showed the quality of our players and their collective effort. It was a hard match, Algeria is good team. Our players try to do what I ask them to do in training,” Peseiro told NFF TV.
“My team fought hard and created opportunities. A draw would have been a fair result. It was a good experience for us. I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game, but I’m happy with the performance of my players.
“We didn’t do well in attack at times, I think we can do better in that phase. We can improve our game generally. We did well defensively but we can do more offensively. Control the ball more, show more character and fight real hard.
“We need to improve our organisation, put new dynamics. We need to work more. We have quality players but we need to improve in the area of organisation.”