Peseiro Hails Players Despite Defeat To Algeria; Speaks On Officiating, New Players, Targets


Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro says his players did their best despite the defeat to Algeria in Tuesday’s friendly encounter.

Peseiro’s charges started the game on a good note with Lorient striker Terem Moffi firing them into the lead in the ninth minute.

The Desert Foxes equalised from the penalty spot through Riyadh Mahrez three minutes before the break.

Defender, Youcef Atal netted the winning goal from a long range effort 20 minutes from time.

“It was a good game, the camping showed the quality of our players and their collective effort. It was a hard match, Algeria is good team. Our players try to do what I ask them to do in training,”Peseiro told NFF TV.

“It is possible you lose in football, i’m sad we lost. I don’t like to lose any match but I am very happy with the performance of my players. They did well in the game.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game, but I’m happy with the performance of my players.”

The Super Eagles were denied a clear goal in the first half and many also questioned the penalty awarded to the Algerians.

Peseiro stated that the centre referee was wrong to disallow the goal.

“Everybody makes mistake. Myself and the players can make mistake. We scored a goal that was disallowed,”he argued.

“The penalty I could accept. He shoot the ball before Frank caught him. We must accept. There was no offside when we scored. It should have been 2-0 to us at that point.

“My team fought hard created opportunities. Draw would have been a fair result. Congratulations to Algeria.Fantastic atmosphere, good match.

It was a good experience for us. Algerians supported their team. It’s good for us to know where we are and move on from there.”

The former Venezuela and Saudi Arabia gaffer also reflected on his experience with the players in camp.

“I am happy with the camping what I can say is that is not easy to have good understanding, good organisation without training,”Peseiro stated.

“We spent eight days in camp everyone try to do the maximum. You try to input more dynamism, more organisation.

“It was another opportunity to know the players more , know the team generally and the new players. Create more understanding in the team, work more to building cohesion in our game.”

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