The Nigerian were a little unlucky against Rwanda, hitting the woodwork several times but could not produce a goal for their performance, ending the match 0-0.
And Ikhana, who has at various times handled several teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League, said the performance of the players was encouraging.
“I will not say they performed poorly because they did not score, they worked hard and they made several efforts to win the game but they were not lucky,” Ikhana told CSN.
“In football, you also need luck but from what I have seen in that team, the coaches just need to work more on the strikers but with the way they played, they did well and I am sure they will improve from that game.”
Speaking on his expectation from the team, Ikhana told CSN: “You can’t really judge them with the first game, they still have more game to play and I am sure they will improve and qualify from their group.”
The Home Eagles will face Libya on Friday in their second game of the tournament. Libya thrashed Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first game on Monday.