Substitute Uche Nwafor bagged a brace to help an efficient Nigeria ease to a 2-0 victory over Bafana Bafana in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The Dutch-based striker, who was only introduced at half-time, scored in the 49th and 68th minutes to ensure the hosts missed out on the trophy – played in honour of the former president – for a fourth straight year.
Gordon Igesund’s men looked average for most parts of the game against the African champions last night, who fielded just a handful of players who featured at the continental showpiece they won in South Africa earlier this year.
Igesund felt Nigeria made better use of the ball in the final third.
“Ja, look it was an excellent game. The first half was evenly matched but as the game wore on they became much better in the last third. In the second half, we gave the ball away quite cheaply,” Igesund said, according to the Soccer-Laduma website.
“There are lots of things we can improve on. We need to be more patient in the right areas. Sometimes we over elaborate. We must be calmer in using the ball to create better opportunities.”
The four-time Premier Soccer League winner added: “At the end of the day I’m happy we played against a very good team. It was a good test going forward.”
Bafana next host Afcon finalists Burkina Faso in another friendly on Saturday.
“The weekend ahead is a great occasion,” Igesund said. These games are important preparation for Botswana in the World Cup qualifier, so we will try to get a positive result.”
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