Port Harcourt - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh is hoping to use the friendly game against Niger Republic to improve the communication and understanding in his team.
The Super Eagles host Niger Republic's Les Mena in an international friendly at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt today, after Saturday's uninspiring 0-0 draw against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Oliseh while speaking to News24, believes the game against Niger and any other friendly will serve to improve the understanding among his players and help them get better.
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"Friendly games are important, especially when you're building a new team," he said, "It is necessary to improve team bonding, communication and understanding between the players.
"This is what we hope to gain from this friendly match and the subsequent ones we will play in the course of building a strong national team.
"A lot of the guys here played for the first time together against Tanzania, and are still getting used to my system, so games like this will help them understand each other better," Oliseh posited.
Asked if he will be aiming for a win against the Nigeriens, Oliseh said it wouldn't be just about winning.
"It is not just about winning because as I've said, we want the boys to understand one another better and understand our system.
"Of course winning is good and it will be good for our confidence if we win, but the ultimate expected in friendly games like this isn't always about winning," the 40-year old explained.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.