The former Super Eagles players have blamed the team’s defeat in Portugal on a lack of cohesion, PUNCH Sports supplement the reports
The three-time African champions ended the year on a losing streak after a 4-0 defeat to the Selecao at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
The last time the Eagles won a Group A friendly was in 2019 when they beat Egypt 1-0 in Nigeria.
At the launch of the partnership between the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian Breweries PLC, former Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, said the team’s defense lacked a good understanding.
“The defense lacked good coordination and when that happens you have to score goals,” said Udez. PUNCH Sports supplement.
“There was no understanding in William Troost-Ekong and he looked at the player who played next to him (Kevin Akpoguma). They have to play solidly as a unit to win games.
“They didn’t play like they wanted to win the game.
Former Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa, who scored Nigeria’s only goal in the 2002 Korea/Japan, said: “In the first half, the Eagles did not have a chance to attack and the stirkers scored. We needed to create more goals in games like this. The players were afraid to hold the ball. “Our team also lacked mobility.
Former midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, said:
“The game was not exciting at all. They lacked the will to win the game from the beginning.”
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