“Ricardo Cardoso, the coach of Sao Tome and Principe, attributes his team’s 0-6 defeat by Nigeria yesterday to the Super Eagles coach’s choice of deploying the country’s top players in a meaningless match, as reported by OwnGoalNigeria.com.”
“Despite already securing a spot in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria fielded a formidable lineup in yesterday’s game, featuring the likes of Victor Osimhen, who netted a hat-trick, as well as Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi.
The Super Eagles delivered an impressive scoreline, with goals from Ademola Lookman, Samuel Chukwueze, and Awoniyi. The decision to deploy their top players in the match did not sit well with Sao Tome’s coach, but he acknowledged that they have gleaned a valuable lesson from the heavy defeat.
“After the last encounter with Nigeria, where we faced difficulties and couldn’t field our best players, we were forced to utilize new talents. I can assure you that, in the long run, we will improve,” explained Cardoso following the match.”
“We’ve become familiar with each other, and I believe we displayed an improved performance compared to our previous meeting. We demonstrated that we can play well. Nigeria boasts a formidable team with players from top-tier clubs, whereas we have just one player in a first division club, and you fielded them today, which may not seem equitable given the final score.
“We are in the process of development as a young team, and I’m confident that we will continue to progress. Next time, we aim to perform even better, and in the future, we aspire to become a prominent team.”