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Tanzania vs Nigeria: Things did not work as planned – Oliseh

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has described the 0-0 draw against Tanzania as satisfactory considering it was his first game in charge of the Eagles. Oliseh seemed relieved that his debut as coach had now come and gone, and called on fans and the media to rally behind the team in their subsequent matches promising better results. “I can describe the match as a game of two halves because we struggled in the first half but came back strongly in the second half containing the Tanzanians who also played very well. We only had 2 days to train together and I am impressed with the way we played even though the striking was blunt but I am optimistic we will work on those mistakes step by step. Our midfield was not covered properly that is why I decided to do some early changes but I don’t want to point at any players,” Oliseh said, but obviously referring to Lukman Haruna who was a huge disappointment.

 

On the keeper Ikeme’s performance, Oliseh was full of praise for the Wolverhampton keeper “I am very happy with Ikeme’s performance. He was brilliant and he kept the Tanzanian strikers at bay, It was a very important debut for him and thankfully for us he was A1.” Prodded to explain why he decided to replace Haruna Lukman very early in the game and the long time effect on the player Oliseh was diplomatic in his answer “Things did not work as planned that’s why I decided to make the change but I don’t want to be negative because I will have time to talk to the player and see how we can correct mistakes we saw but if we hadn’t made that early change,” he stressed “we would have lost”.

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