Lagos - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi believes it will take time for his newly assembled side to gel, despite opening their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory over Chad.
Second-half goals from Gbolahan Salami and Odion Ighalo got the Super Eagles off to the perfect start on Saturday as they left the Ahmadu Bello Stadium with all three points.
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The win will go some way to restoring confidence in the team, having failed to qualify for AFCON 2015, and Keshi expects them to only get better the more they play together.
"We are not making up excuses. Rather, it is a fact that this is a new team, and we will need to play together for some time to get things right," Keshi told Vanguard.
"But I have a lot of confidence in this team, and we will continue to re-build in order to get better."For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.