Katsina - Super Eagles were held to a goalless draw by Nigeria National League side Spotlight FC in a friendly on Tuesday, but Stephen Keshi believes his side can only improve.
The friendly was played in Katsina to launch a 35,000-capacity Karkanda Stadium.
Keshi told the media at the post match briefing that he would not read too much into the scoreline because that was his team's first official practice game.
"The game ended goalless but that was not all I wanted to see," Keshi opened up.
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"Don't get me wrong, I like to win every game but at this stage of our preparation I was looking for a lot more."
"I wanted to see my players' reaction in true match situation, see their application of all the tactical trainings we have been doing, see their movement, how they keep the team shape when attacking and defending as well as what they do with and without the ball."
"And I must tell you that I was happy with what I saw. The team can only get better. There is still a lot of work to be done but we have also made some progress," the coach told the media.
The Super Eagles dominated for most of the game played at the brand new Karkanda Stadium after struggling to get their rhythm in the opening periods of the match.
All 20 players that made the trip were also given the opportunity to be part of the very lively encounter watched by over 20,000 fans.
Substitute Idris Aloma had the ball in the net in added time off a sweet build up but the goal did not stand.
The Super Eagles will resume training at the National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday after returning from Katsina on Wednesday.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.