Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has praised the duo of goalkeeper Francis Odinaka Uzoho and Brian Idowu, after their 4-2 win over Argentina in an international friendly on Tuesday night.
The two players made their debut for Nigeria and impressed the German tactician.
Idowu scored on his debut after coming on for Ola Aina, while Uzoho ensured Nigeria didn’t concede again after he replaced Daniel Akpeyi who conceded both goals.
“Brian is a newcomer in the team, but he’s not the only one. We have three new players, and I would like to highlight our 19-year-old goalkeeper Uzoho. He played well. Such matches are specially designed so that we can asses new players in the team. We have three players who have a special relationship with Russia.
“We have Ahmed Musa and the captain (Mikel Obi) of the team. He has a connection here through the family. Brian played well, scored a goal. His prospects depend on how he will perform at the club. His debut, I’m happy. On his position we have other options, so who will pick who plays better, he will be involved in the fight,” Rohr stated afterwards.
The Super Eagles came from 0-2 deficit to hand over a memorable defeat to the Messi-less Argentines. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho were superb on the attack, with Kelechi reducing the deficit with a curled free kick just before the break. The Eagles came back in the second half even more determined and put three goals behind the Argentine goalie. Iwobi had a brace scoring in the 52nd and 73minute, the second via a well placed pass by Ahmed Musa, who came in for Kelechi. Brian Idowu scored Nigeria’s fourth goal in the 54th minute.