By Oluwadunsin Adegboye
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were seeking redemption in the 2nd match of their USA tour as they faced La Tricolor of Ecuador. Jose Peseiro was also looking for his first win as the newly appointed Head Coach of Nigeria after losing 2-1 to Mexico.
Ecuador got an early lead in the 3rd minute of the first half as Villareal player Pervis Estupinan connected with a cross from Angel Mena after the Super Eagles gave away a free kick.
The Portuguese Coach called out his players poor performance early in the first half. “In the first 15 minutes, we didn’t play the way we know that we can. We have players that can move the ball and control the game, but they could not in the first 20 minutes. After the first 15 minutes, we played much better in my opinion and the second half was much better,” Peseiro said.
He also blamed the officials on the day for denying the Super Eagles an opportunity to level the game from the penalty spot.
“I don’t want to speak about the referee, but we should have gotten a penalty. There was no VAR, but in the stadium, they showed the replay, and it was a clear penalty, the goalkeeper touched the foot of our player, I didn’t see it but they told me we should have gotten another penalty but It’s okay anybody can make mistakes, so the players and the referee can also make mistakes,” Peseiro said.
The Head Coach also thinks they performed better than they did against Mexico.
“I think we played much better than against Mexico. But today, I think we pressured more, and created more opportunities, against Mexico we created a lot of opportunities, but today, we create even more,” he stated.
The Nigeria team led by Jose Peseiro returns to Nigeria to prep for AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe on 9th of June and 13th June respectively.