Head coach of Burkina Faso’s national team, Traore Drissa insists “there is nothing special” about the Nigeria side that beat his charges 2-0 in a 2016 Africa Nation’s Championship (Chan) qualifier in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
Goals either side of the break by Bature Yaro and Gbolahan Salami gave the Super Eagles a two-goal victory at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt ahead of the return fixture in Burkina Faso.
Drissa however insists the Nigerians won as a result of mistakes made by his players rather than the brilliance of their hosts. “We made the match too easy for Nigeria. They beat us because we helped them (do so) and not necessarily because they were spectacular.
“A clear case was the first goal we conceded. They had just two forwards and we had three defenders in the situation yet they succeeded (in scoring).
“We suffered a lapse in concentration which gave Nigeria the penalty (for the second goal).
“Tactically, we had a sound plan but we lost based on the two mistakes we made,” Drissa said at the post-match press conference.
The trainer then warned the Nigerians not to be lulled into a false sense of security as his side will be looking to overturn the first leg result inside the first 30 minutes of the return fixture.
“This is just the first leg. In the second leg, we will correct the mistakes we made and will fully exploit home advantage to do our people proud.
“I am sure we will overturn the 2-0 first leg (deficit) after 30 minutes at our place because it is not a fantastic result for Nigeria,” he said.
The second leg of the fixture will be played on the weekend of October 23-25.