Home-based Super Eagles right-back Solomon Kwambe has posited that the team did not deserve to lose to AFCON-bound Cote d’Ivoire in Sunday’s international friendly match in Abu Dhabi.
An 84th minute strike from Salomon Kalou off an assist from Cheick Tiote, gave the Elephants a 1-0 win, no thanks to a mistake from Kano Pillars midfielder Rabiu Ali.
Speaking after the match, Kwambe told AfricanFootball.com they played according to instructions and gave a good account of themselves and would not have lost the game but for a defensive error.
“It was a good and tough game for us, though we lost,” said Kwambe.
“We did not deserve to lose the game because we played well according to instruction, but just a little bit of loss of concentration cost us the game.”
He assured Nigerians of better display against Sudan on Saturday in Dubai.
“We have one more game here, that is against Sudan. We will give our best and do better than we did against Cote d’Ivoire and go for victory,” he promised.