Super Eagles of Nigeria stand-in captain William Troost-Ekong has praised the fringe players for giving a good account of themselves against Egypt at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Tuesday.
An experimental Egypt side were beaten 1-0 by the Super Eagles in an international friendly match in Asaba.
John Ogu, Ebere Onuachu, Henry Onyekuru. Moses Simon and Daniel Akpeyi were all given the chance to shine.
Only a few seconds after the kickoff, a looping pass from Onyekuru picked out Midtjylland striker Onuachu, and after controlling the ball, he unleashed a volley that could not have been destined for any other place but the gaping net.
The lanky, Denmark-based forward was the undisputed discovery of the evening, putting up a remarkable display. A sensible first touch, great ball control, good shielding and turn-on-the-ball and penetrating passes were the hallmark of his Man-of-the-Match shift on the evening.
Ekong, who is currently on the payroll of Udinese Calcio hailed the fringe players for the way they played in the keenly contested match.
“Egypt are a great side, we were lucky to have scored a goal in the first minute,” Ekong told Onsport TV channel.
“The pitch was bad for us and for them but we were able to score an early goal and the new players played very well.”
Both sides have secured their spots in the upcoming African Cup of Nations set to take place in Egypt along with 22 other countries.