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Self Motivation A Key To Oliseh's Eagles

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Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Sunday Oliseh says his players always try to compete against themselves and not opponents as they try to raise their level of play.

Oliseh made the disclosure when addressing reporters after Nigeria's 2-0 friendly international against Niger in Port Harcourt.

“What we are trying to do is to play against ourselves and not necessarily against the opponent.

“We are trying how to learn how to play together as a team. It didn't matter if we were playing against Niger which I think is a very good team.

“It was important to see how the players reacted after making those mistakes on Saturday (in the 0-0 draw with Tanzania in Dar es Salaam).

“We had some team talks after that game and it is clear the players are feeling a lot better now,” he said.

Oliseh then took the time to address the controversy of Ahmed Musa's second goal which was disallowed for offside.

The former Nigeria captain felt the goal should have stood.

“Of course it was a goal but the referee, like all human beings, made a mistake at that moment.

“The ball got to Musa from an opponent. Wales scored a similar goal against Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifying when Gareth Bale finished off the move.

“These things happen…if it had happened in a competitive game, I would have lost my rag but it was a friendly.