By Jacob Ajom
Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has given kudos to his team for pulling an encouraging 2-0 win over Niger in an international friendly played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt yesterday.
Speaking after the match, which was watched by a scanty crowd but beamed live by Super Sport, the coach said, “the team have shown great improvement. There are signs of improvement as we now recover quickly after losing the ball and add more pressure when attacking. What we need do now is how to handle the ball much longer.”
The coach praised the lads for the level of understanding exhibited, particularly, in the midfield where Taraba FC star, Usman Mohammed operated from and hoped they will build from there.
“He is a very good player and I hope he will continue in that stride. Today’s performance was better than what we saw in Dar es Salaam because we had just two days of training before our trip. We will have to do more.”
Oliseh said the team was still open to the likes of John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and any other player who was not party to the Tanzania and Niger matches. “Yes, they are still part of our plans. As you can see, these boys playing now have definitely gathered some points so those who want to displace them would have to fight for shirts. They have to show the hunger to play for Nigeria. “Everyone here is replaceable. Only Nigeria cannot be replaced. I retired and people are still playing for the country. Nobody is indispensable.”