Abuja - Super Falcons captain Evelyn Nwabuoku has admitted that they didn’t play to their best after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Equatorial Guinea in a Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifier played at the Abuja National Stadium.
Midfielder Halimat Ayinde scored the first goal for Nigeria in the first half and despite a deluge of attacks from the Equatorial Guineans, the Falcons held on to their lead till the second half, when Equatorial Guinea equalized.
And speaking after the game, Nwabuoku said the players were not in the right frame of mind for the game after they suffered bereavement following to the death of the team’s media officer, Gracious Akujobi last Thursday.
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“We know we did not play to our best and to be honest most of us were emotionally down due to the death of our media officer.
“It was not our best game and we know that and it is quite unfortunate that it has ended in a draw,” Nwabuoku said.
The midfielder however posits that they will make up for the lost grounds when they visit the Equatorial Guineans in the return leg in Bata in a fortnight.
“I believe we will play better there and I am very confident we will qualify for the Olympic Games,” she said in optimism.