Finidi: For Nigeria, a draw versus Ecuador will be a welcome outcome.


The Super Eagles recently lost 2-1 to Mexico, and the former forward feels the team will improve against The Tri. Finidi George, Nigeria’s assistant coach, thinks the team is still rebuilding and that a draw against Ecuador in a friendly match on Friday would be appreciated. On Sunday, the Super Eagles played Mexico in another warm-up match, which they defeated 2-1. The game against The Tri will be Jose Peseiro’s second game in charge before the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on June 9 in Abuja.

Finidi concedes the development has so far been good and getting a win will be an added morale booster to the West African nation. “We have had a couple of sessions while in Dallas and I think we liked it,” Finidi told NFF TV. “We are building and the building process has started and we’ll see how far we can push the players. It’s been good so far. Let’s see how the second game will go.” The 51-year-old former Nigeria attacker further explained the challenge the new coach has been facing with the team before revealing the team’s target in the next assignment. “It is not easy [for Peseiro], just a week with the players and he’s giving the players more information,” Finidi continued. “By the time we get to the qualifications, I think the players will know what’s expected of them in the Super Eagles of Nigeria. “It is still a building process and a draw won’t be a bad result. If we have the victory, we will take it. If we can have a draw and play a good game, we will all accept it and go back home and build on that.” In the race for the 2023 Afcon competition to be held in Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles are placed in Group A.


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