Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has attributed his team’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to the long and arduous travel they had to endure.
Peseiro, who spoke during the post-match press conference, expressed his frustration with the situation, stating that the lengthy flight from Nigeria had taken a toll on the players’ energy levels, hindering their ability to perform at their best.
“It was a tough, difficult trip from Nigeria in the flight, many hours, the players didn’t rest enough for quick play at the same level,” Peseiro lamented.
Despite the challenging circumstances, Peseiro acknowledged the team’s improved performance in the second half, highlighting their resilience and determination.
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“First half, very bad, second half, much better,” Peseiro remarked, emphasizing the team’s ability to adapt and adjust despite the initial setback.
The Super Eagles’ draw against Zimbabwe has left them in a precarious position in the qualifying group, having failed to win their opening two matches. With the pressure mounting, Peseiro will be tasked with galvanizing his team and ensuring they secure crucial victories in their upcoming encounters.