Super Eagles media officer Idah Peterside says Nigeria will play better in their next two games.
The Super Eagles looked disjointed for large spells of Tuesday’s pre-world Cup friendly against Saudi Arabia in Austria, and were fortunate to come away with a 0-0 draw, but Peterside says it is just a start.
“It wasnt bad. It was just a matter of players trying top settle into the team and also trying to make the cut for the World Cup. They were under a little bit of pressure to perform and they are also trying to get used to the new ideas,” Peterside told Associated Press on arrival in London.
The starting eleven comprised mostly of fringe players and the former international explained that there was a method to that.
“Most of those who played were either not regulars in their team or in the Eagles team and Lagerback wanted to see them first hand and assess them himself.
“For the others who didnt play, he informed them before the game why they are not playing because he had already seen them and knows their abilities and what they can do. The likes of Yakubu, Osaze, Nsofor, Enyeama and so on.”
“But this team will get better. We are training again this evening, and they will now have a good idea of what the coach expects from them in subsequent games. That is what a match gives you.
“By the time we play our next game, there should be an improvement.”
Nigeria play Colombia next at Milton Keynes on May 30 before rounding up their preparations with a game against North Korea on June 6.