The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has commended the Super Eagles for their 2-2 draw against Scotland in an international friendly on Wednesday.
Mohammed Sanusi, NFF’s Director of Competitions said in Abuja yesterday that the essence of such match was not for winning or losing but for the team’s assessment.
The match is one of the friendlies lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Scots took the lead in the 10th minute through James Morrison but Nigeria’s Michael Uchebo levelled up for the first time in the 41st minute.
Azubuike Egwuekwe turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Morrison in the 54th minute only for substitute Uche Nwofor to level again in the 89th minute.
“The essence of the match was not for them to win or lose, but to put them to test, especially those that have not been in the national team for a while.
“I commend the head coach, Stephen Keshi’s decision not to start the match with his normal first 11 players and thereafter injecting them in the second half of the match, for him to be able to streamline his team to get the final 23 players.
“And the players tried their best, judging by the fact that they are barely one-week old in camp,’’ Sanusi said.