The board of the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation board have exceeded themselves in procuring friendly matches for the Super Eagles and Stephen Keshi, coach of the team revealed that he specifically asked for these matches.
“I asked for the matches so that I can test the players and these matches will also help me analyse myself and make the corrections because it is during the game time that I would know if I am doing the right thing or not,” said Keshi.
“You need these matches because a lot of players are very good in training but you need a match situation to properly assess these players especially the home-based lads."
Keshi also spoke on the reasons why he threw the home-based lads into the cauldron of the friendly match against Peru.
“My assistants did not believe me when I said the home-based players will be the ones to play against Peru. They asked if I was crazy. But I told them that they would play.
“I was once given this kind of opportunity against Morocco when I was like 18 or 19 years old. Christian Chukwu was the captain then and he told me to go and play. In the first minute, my legs were shaking but I played and in the next game I was fine.
“So these matches have to come and be played by players that are new to the national team set-up,” Keshi added.