It is a different ball game for the Super Eagles players as they have found the demands of their coach, Jose Peseiro too much to handle.
It was gathered that the players who are used to the conservative approach of Gernot Rohr who was sacked before the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations found their new coach’s approach too demanding.
According to owngoalnigeria.com, the players are uncomfortable with the way he wants them to work both on and off the ball.
Meanwhile, after two costly mistakes in their most recent games, Peseiro has finally acknowledged that the goalkeeping unit of the club is a matter for concern.
Maduka Okoye made a mistake while between the sticks in the 2-2 tie against Algeria’s B team, which resulted in the game’s first goal.
Adebayo Adeleye was added in the second half, but he didn’t exude confidence, flailing at crosses and also punching balls back into danger zones.
The primary friendly match against the Algerian national team was started by Francis Uzoho, as Peseiro had done in his previous four games as coach. For the goal that gave Algeria a 2-1 victory, Uzoho bears a big portion of the blame.
Even though Peseiro defended the pair after the mistakes, he admitted to his technical staff in private that goalkeepers are his main point of concern since they are so crucial to the manner he wants his team to play. He favors goalkeepers with good footwork.
They are supposed to build an offensive from the rest of the squad and aid in game management. Currently, none of the goalkeepers on the team can be said to feel at ease with the ball in their hands.