By Tiamiyu Nurayn Adeyinka
Head Coach of Nigeria’s U20 team, Paul Aigbogun said his team learned vital lessons on their two-match tour of Egypt.
The Enyimba International gaffer said the objectives of the exercise had been met despite the unfavourable results against their Egyptian counterparts, playing goalless on Monday and losing 2-1 on Wednesday at Borg El-Arab Stadium.
He said: “In friendly matches, it is not the result that matters. We drew our first leg and lost the second 1-2 but I am very happy that not only have we come away with vital lessons, our objectives for the tour have been met.
“We came here to look at the boys we have put together and that we are working with, and to see if we are on the right path. On the evidence of performance by the boys from the two matches, I believe we are. We also came here to see how they would cope in game situations, and we were not disappointed.”
AFC Bournemouth of England ace Nathan Nnamdi Ofoborh, invited by Aigbogun to come and show his stuff after he opted to represent Nigeria and not England, played his first match for Nigeria in Wednesday’s encounter.
Plateau United FC defender Mike Zaruma lashed a long –range strike for Nigeria with 18 minutes to go to half the deficit, after the Egyptians had scored once in each half.
The seven –time African champions are due back in the country later today, and will play the winner of the Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau preliminary fixture in the first round of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers in May.