Head Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Imama Amapakabo has expressed satisfaction with their goalless draw in a warm-up game against Abuja-based SiaOne Academy, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former Enugu Rangers gaffer said he remains confident that he can raise a good squad and ensure the country go past Libya in their doubleheader clash next month.
“It was an opportunity for us to see some of the lads. We had to try a whole lot of players because we are still trying to see how they will blend with our system.
“This was an opportunity to give every invited player a chance to play. We have done some tactical work in them and we are trying to see how well they will be able to show the work in training,” Imama noted.
The Super Eagles’ assistant coach further rued his side’s proficiency in front of goal, insisting they could have scored some goals if they had been clinical in the final third.
“Certainly, I’m satisfied with their overall play, despite the fact that the goals did not come. It was unfortunate not to come despite creating lots of chances; hopefully, we will improve on that” Imama added.
He concluded that he hopes to prune down the number in camp next week to get a strong squad that would be ready for the Libya clash.
Nigeria is the defending champions of the AFCON U-23 championship and will take on Libya in the second round qualifiers next month. The first leg is billed for Tunisia on March 21 and the second leg four days later in Nigeria.