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Football | Super Eagles

Joe Erico © Shengolpix

Eagles tune ups mean nothing



Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Joe Erico, does not believe that the Super Eagles should be judged based on the results of their pre-Afcon games.

Erico told supersport.com that the tune-up matches before the Africa Cup of Nations should be viewed as "test games for the players."

The ex-Iwuanyanwu Nationale coach also believes that last Wednesday's friendly match against Cape Verde's Blue Sharks would help the Nigerian squad during the Afcon.

"The friendly matches played by the Super Eagles are just test games for the players and in my opinion, they are not a true reflection of what to expect when the Nations Cup begins. At least the friendly matches will give the coaches the chance to see the players and know their strengths and weaknesses as well as carry out their plan based on those lines.

"It was good that they faced an African opposition in Cape Verde after playing the Catalonia team. The game against Cape Verde at least would have given the team an idea of what to expect at the Nations Cup especially the physical side of the African game," said Erico.

Nigeria have remained unbeaten in their pre-Afcon matches against Venezuela, Catalonia and Sparta Rotterdam.

The Super Eagles will play their last warm-up game against Farense this Tuesday before the start of the Afcon in South Africa on January 19.

Nigeria's Group Games

Jan 21: v Burkina Faso

Jan 25: v Zambia

Jan 29: v Ethiopia

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