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Football | Super Eagles

Henry Nwosu © Shengolpix

Nwosu plays down Mexico game



Former Golden Eaglets coach, Henry Nwosu has played down on victory in Friday's international friendly between the Super Eagles and the El-Tri of Mexico at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States of America.

The African champions are using the top-flight friendly against their CONCACAF opposite, Mexico to prepare for the two away 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches against the Kenya and Namibia on June 05 and 12 respectively.

Nwosu said he will be keenly interested in the performance of the side than the outcome of the match.

"Winning the friendly encounter against Mexico is not perse the most important thing to me as far as the game is concerned.

"I'll be looking out for the input, performance and adherence to the coach's instruction by the players.

"That will be my look out not winning or losing but to see that the players played good football that'll give us confidence facing Kenya and Namibia in the World Cup qualifiers next month.

"I'll hail them if they played convincingly well and go ahead to lose than play badly and win.

"Eagles should go ahead individually and collectively to give good account of themselves in the encounter the outcome will surely count for less or out right nothing," said the former Green Eagles captain to supersport.com.

Nwosu regretted the absence of some key players of the side but said their absence may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

"It's unfortunate that some key players won't be available for the friendly tie but it's an opportunity for their replacements to grab the rare chance to shine.

"Afcon 2013 in South Africa was the platform the likes of Sunday Mba, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi, among other grabbed to prove themselves as world class players.

"I pray we finished the friendly a far better side to face Kenya and Namibia as well as Fifa Confederation Cup opponents in Brazil," the former ACB wing wizard side.

The clash is the fifth for both sides at the senior level with the two recent memorable ones being the friendly in Juarez in October 2007 that ended 2-2 and 1-1 draw at the King Fahd Cup now Fifa Confederation Cup in Riyald, Saudi Arabia in January 1995 that the Mexicans went ahead to win on penalties to take third place.

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