The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has charged the country’s players that will take on El Tri not to put too much pressure on themselves
NFF president Amaju Pinnick has urged players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to play their game when they represent the country in the clash against Mexico.
Nigeria will take on Mexico in the early hours of Sunday morning in an international friendly at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
But the three-time African champions will be without their foreign-based regulars, with the team made up of largely domestic players.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr had initially excused himself from taking charge of the team, but the German tactician changed his mind and will be in the dugout on Sunday morning.
And given how Rohr has relied mainly on the foreign-based players since he arrived, the domestic players may try to do too much to impress the 68-year-old gaffer.
However, Pinnick has urged the players to stay true to their quality as Rohr is difficult to impress.
“Rohr is difficult to impress, I want you all to just play to the level of your quality,” Pinnick said in an address to the players.
Nigeria will be hoping to earn their first win against Mexico when the two sides clash on Sunday morning. The match kicks off at 4 am Nigerian time.