Togo national team coach Tom Saintfeit has commended the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victories in their two international friendly matches against “difficult” Mali and Luxembourg.
Caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf led the Eagles to a 1-0 win against Mali on Friday in Rouen, France, and a 3-1 thumping of minnows Luxembourg Tuesday.
Saintfiet spoke to the Nigeria Football Federation official website, thennff.com, on his thoughts towards the tune-up matches.
“Certainly, it is always more difficult to play the so–called smaller teams. They go all out at you because they really don’t have much to lose,” the Hawks of Togo tactician opined.
“The Super Eagles had a great game in the second half (against Luxembourg) because they made good use of space and created several chances.
“It was a bit tight in the first half because Luxembourg refused to come out to play and concentrated on frustrating Nigeria. I think these matches (including the one against Mali in France) were good for the Super Eagles,” the Belgian stressed.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored Nigeria’s lone goal against Mali and was also on target Tuesday evening. Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo were the other scorers on the night.
Saintfiet was reportedly in the NFF plans in 2012 as Nigeria national teams technical director.