Calabar - Ike Shorunmu, an assistant coach of the Super Eagles, says more work will still be done to put the players in proper shape before their match in September.
Shorunmu, the goalkeeper trainer and former Eagles keeper, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Tuesday.
He said that in the Nation’s Cup qualifying match against Rwanda, it was observed that the team was caving in under pressure from their opponents, especially in the last minutes of the game.
The coach said the technical crew would work on the team’s strength and other lapses noticed during the game.
The trainer said though the team was under pressure to score more goals, they would gradually find their rhythm.
"You can see, when we started this journey, we did a lot of plus and minus. And the way it is now, and the way it is going now, I think in the near future, we will have a good team.
"But in a way there is a lot of pressure that we are just scoring only one goal. When you are building a team, it is better you start like this. Because when you give the impression to the masses, started scoring four, five goals in the beginning of your building, it’s a big pressure.
"But with this, that means that we still need to work more as a coach to the team to get a better team for the future."
Shorunmu said the handlers of the team would put their acts together and brainstorm on the way forward for the team.
On Vincent Enyeama, Shorunmu said the mistake he made in Malawi which made the Malawians equalise against Nigeria in their 1-1 draw could happen to any goalkeeper.
He said the mistake was not deliberate and that Enyeama had since put that aside and was concentrating on future games.
Shorunmu said the goalkeeper’s job was very sensitive, noting that in the past, Enyeama had saved the country in crucial matches.
"I have been talking with him and he has responded well to our training sessions.
"He played well in the match against Rwanda. It is good to give the goalkeeper confidence so that he can perform well."