In a recent friendly match held in Abu Dhabi on December 8, Nigeria’s Super Eagles faced a 2-0 defeat against Syli National of Guinea.
The game featured the introduction of Nigeria’s new goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, with a starting lineup that included William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Raphael Onyedika, and Chidozie Awaziem.
Established stars such as Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Umar Sadiq, and debutant Alhassan Yusuf were also part of the starting eleven. Early in the match, Moses Simon attempted a free-kick, but Chidozie Awaziem couldn’t connect with a header.
Despite Nigeria’s efforts, Guinea took the lead in the 14th minute through Aguibou Camara. Nigeria had a chance to equalize when a penalty was awarded in the 20th minute, but Simon’s attempt was saved.
The second half saw continued efforts from the Super Eagles, with Awaziem denied by the Guinean goalkeeper. Guinea extended their lead to 2-0 on the 64th minute, thanks to Facinet Conté.
Manager Jose Peseiro made strategic changes in the 73rd minute, substituting Omeruo, Onyedika, and Awaziem for Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi, and Frank Onyeka. Despite attempts by Simon and additional substitutions, the Super Eagles couldn’t secure a goal.
The loss followed the Nigerian team’s remarkable 12-0 victory against a local club side in Abu Dhabi during a previous friendly match. The defeat against Guinea serves as a learning experience for the Super Eagles as they prepare for upcoming competitions.