The home players were hammered into El Angeles by El Tri preparing them for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup starting Saturday.
Former Nigerian U17 and U20 coach John Obuh has welcomed the exposure to the players of Nigeria’s professional football league in Sunday’s international friendly against Mexico.
Although Gernot Rohr’s outfit suffered a 4-0 defeat against the North Americans, Obuh stressed how the encounter would enhance the home players’ experience.
Hector Herrera’s double and lone goals from Rogerio Funes Mori and Jonathan dos Santos ensured Mexico’s dominance over the three-time African country at the Los Angeles Coliseum, in a match they dominated from start to finish.
“We have to look at it from so many angles, despite the fact that the calling was so improvised,” Obuh said. Purpose.
‘It still has an advantage, it depends on the angle someone looks at it. But for me, I do not think the reason was that they were not called early to camp.
“We know the Super Eagles are not like a club team where you will bring players and camp them longer. We may see that the result is not a good result, but we could at least have the togetherness.
“There is no way that the players who went through the trip would get anything out of it, even if they were not able to visit America for any other reason. Once you have that kind of advantage as a player, it exposes you more. ”
Obuh, who led Nigeria to second place at the 2009 Fifa U17 World Cup on home soil, supports the NPFL players to put on a better performance in the future if there is another chance.
“These players who traveled to play Mexico, if there is an opportunity again and you take it to go play, the kind of result we would get now would not be the same,” the 61-year-old said.
‘You’ll see a better result that has to do with the exposure they could get. I do not want to look at it from the angle of the 4-0, but I want to look at it from the opportunity the boys get and the positive aspect of it. ”
Rohr’s regular group of players were not available for the meeting as they prepare to start their pre-season with their respective clubs.