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Ghana friendly, not a must win – Erico

BY JACOB  AJOM
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Joe Erico has told Nigerians who always expect the national team to win its matches to expect a tough duel when Nigeria take on Ghana in England August 9.

In a chat with Sports Vanguard in Lagos Tuesday, the former Nigeria international said the match was good for the Samson Siasia tutored team as it would afford them the opportunity of coming together for the first time since the Ethiopia clash on June 5.

“The match is coming up at the right time because the players need to be together in a match situation before their crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar in Antananarivo in September,” Erico said.

Asked if the Nigerian team must win the high profile friendly to avenge the recent elimination of the national U-23 team and the Falcons from the 2011 All Africa Games football event. Erico quipped, “I don’t think it should be seen that way. It is not a must win.

The match is just a friendly, meant to bring the players together ahead of a bigger task, which is Mozambique.”

Erico however, feels the Black Stars have an edge in terms of depth. “The Black Stars is a rejuvenated team, so are the Eagles but I don’t know how deep we(Nigeria) have gone in terms of organisation and technical discipline.

The Ghana team have been together since the World Cup, while the Super Eagles just started.

Expect a tough match for the young Siasia team. But any time Nigeria and Ghana play, one should expect a beautiful game, whichever way it goes,” the well traveled coach enthused.


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