Super Eagles forward Moses Simon has assured fans they will bounce back from the defeat to the Desert Foxes of Algeria in Tuesday night’s friendly at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran.
Terem Moffi gave Nigeria an early lead in the ninth-minute, but the Eagles failed to hold on as Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez drew Algeria level from the spot in the 42nd minute after Ola Aina was adjudged to have fouled an Algerian inside the box.
Algeria then wrapped up the game when Youcef Atal latched onto a free ball from 28 yards after a corner kick was poorly cleared, and slammed past Francis Uzoho, in goal for the Eagles.
Simon lamented the defeat, saying, “The game did not go the way we planned it, but it’s part of the job, we learn every day and I believe we have picked a lot from the game.”
He, however, questioned the officiating, especially the contentious penalty awarded the hosts.
“The referee did not do justice to the game, the coach has told us to just forget about it, we just keep fighting and play our game because the fans are watching,” Simon added.
” We just need to encourage and motivate ourselves more to play for pride, for the fans and our families. We just give ourselves the boost that we can do it and I believe we did our best but it did not go as planned, but we will keep working hard.”