Nigeria have to learn from USA defeat, says Eguavoen

The former national team coach believes Stephen Keshi’s men defeat to Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will enable them regroup before the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup Brazil
Former Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen feels the side's performance against United States on Saturday could be a great learning experience ahead of the World Cup.

Jozy Altidore struck in either half as the Yanks secured a comfortable victory in their final World Cup warm-up, with a late penalty from Victor Moses not enough for Stephen Keshi's Super Eagles to earn a share of the spoils.

Eguavoen said the defeat is any eye opener for the technical crew and the players towards ensuring they correct their lapses ahead of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

"Keshi and his back room staff should take this tape, watch it keenly with the boys and make them see their mistakes so that they won’t repeat such mistakes when the World Cup starts," Eguavoen told AIT.

"The goals that we conceded were just get away goals because they could have been avoided and the game could have ended in a draw which would have been a fair result.

"Anyway, it could have been four or five nil but I think 2-1 is still a respectable result. The boys made few mistakes and they should try to work on it," he concluded.

Nigeria’s defeat to USA was their first in their last three games having forced Scotland and Greece to a draw in other pre-World Cup games.