Former Golden Eaglets coach, Henry Nwosu has said Super Eagles were wasteful at goal in their first group game against Tahiti at the ongoing 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil.
Eagles got off to a good start in their title quest at the global football competition with an emphatic 6-1 win against the Oceania champions in Belo Horozonte on Monday.
Nigeria lead Group B on three points the same points as European champions, Spain but on superior goals.
Elderson Echiejile scored a brace while Nnamdi Oduamadi achieved a hat-trick and Tahiti’s hitman, Jonathan Jehau who pulled one back for his side later scored an own goal to complete the 6-1 routing.
Nwosu said Eagles could have scored more than 10 goals if they had used their chances and avoided selfish plays by some of the players.
“The standard put in by the Super Eagles is worth more than six goals because as far as I’m concerned if they had been more coordinated upfront and avoided the selfish plays by few of them especially Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye, John Ogu, Anthony Ujah among others the goal tally would’ve gone up to 10 goals or more.
“Eagles were too casual and complacent in front of goal. Strong opponents would’ve surely punished them for that.
“It wasn’t a bad game, being our first game. At least, we shouldn’t exhaust our scoring abilities in one game when we’ve two more matches to play in the group stage,” said the former Super Eagles assistant coach.
Nwosu is confident the reigning African champions will come out unscathed in the game on Thursday against the South American champions, Uruguay.
“Uruguay are strong football playing nation and South American champions. The encounter won’t be easy but the confidence Super Eagles have developed in the game against Tahiti will see them come out of the match smiling,” said the former Nigerian captain.
Eagles next game at the Continental football fiesta is against Uruguay on Thursday before they wrap up the group campaign against European champions, Spain on Sunday.