The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has rubbished the growing speculation that the results of the Super Eagles friendly games against Senegal and Corsica were fixed before the teams ventured onto the pitch.
Nigeria has been playing a progression of international friendly games to prepare the National team for a Cameroun 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa this month and Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroun in August.
Taking after the result of the two games in which Nigeria came from a goal down to level back to 1-1 stalemate, there have been growing insinuations that the matches finished the way officials of the countries wanted it.
Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye speaking to The Guardian, said there was very little in question to warrant that kind of action, including that the matches were organised just to give the Super Eagles’ coach the chance to assess the new players.
“It is wrong for some people to have such thought. The result of the Eagles friendlies ought not to be the main focus now… our objective is to support the coaches to choose a quality squad to face the South Africans in the AFCON qualifier.
“The Eagles have been winning different matches before now so the result of the friendlies ought not to create any friction. The Eagles coaches are working hard to amass a formidable squad that will battle positively with the South Africans and here we have a few people possessed with pessimism.”