Abuja - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi pointed to pressure and a lack of big game experience after seeing his wards lose 1-2 to Mali.
The Super Eagles looked discomfited for most of the game as they let in early goals in both halves, although a second half resurgence led by substitute Gbolahan Salami almost hauled them back in it.
Keshi said the pressure on his boys was huge, Kick Off Nigeria reports.
“The pressure was massive and I expected this type of thing happening but I am certain that they now know that they have to satisfy themselves and have confidence in themselves, because we have lost the opening game and we have to forget that and fight for qualification from the remaining two games," he said.
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