The Super Eagles on Thursday succumbed to a 0-1 defeat by Ecuador in their second consecutive international friendly in New Jersey, U. S.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles had narrowly lost their first match on Saturday.
This was after captain William Troost-Ekong scored an own goal to gift Mexico a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in Dallas, Texas.
The 25,000-capacity Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, was packed to the brim as the Ecuadorians started the game in rampant manner, advertising silky touches and manifesting so much energy and invention.
The boys of Gustavo Alfaro are going to their fourth FIFA World Cup finals and were in high spirit as they filed out against the hurriedly assembled Eagles.
The South Americans are drawn to play the opening match of this year’s FIFA World Cup finals against hosts Qatar on Nov. 21 and would also play Senegal and The Netherlands in Group A.Ecuador, however, opened scoring after only three minutes as Villareal defender Pervis Estupiñán foxed the Nigeria rearguard and converted an in-swinging free kick by Angel Mena to put Ecuador in front.
Next up for the Super Eagles is a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone, at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on June 9. (NAN)