Coach Sunday Oliseh suffered his first defeat as Nigerian national team handler on Thursday as the Super Eagles were dumped 2-0 by the Leopards of DR Congo in an international friendly played in Belgium.
The defeat came hours after the sudden exit of long-serving goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, from the team.
The Super Eagles who were largely unimpressive all through were first punished as early as the sixth minute when Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani benefited from slack defending to put Congo in the lead.
The Eagles through returnee midfielder Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi made some faint attempts to restore parity but their effort did not provide required result.
Instead, it was the more purposeful Congo team that doubled their lead through Jordan Nkololo who plays his club football in France.
Despite a foray of changes by Coach Oliseh to salvage the day, it was the Leopards who looked like they would add to their tally although that turned out not to be the case.
Congo before today had been playing second fiddle to Nigeria.
Before Thursday’s result a largely home –based Nigeria squad walloped the Leopards 5-2 in a friendly in Abuja in March 2010.
For some, the off-the-pitch incidences which lead to goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama quitting the national team may have affected the Eagles on Thursday.
With this defeat Coach Oliseh will need to fashion out a winning formula against Cameroon on Sunday.