Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has defended goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, following the 2-1 defeat to Algeria on Tuesday.
Uzoho came under fire after his error gifted the Algerians a come back win over the Super Eagles.
The Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper was beaten from a 28-yard by Youcef Atal in the second half of the encounter.
The blunder is the latest from Uzoho, who was also fingered in Nigeria’s fiasco in the World Cup playoff back in March, when he allowed Thomas Partey’s shot from range slip through his hands.
Peseiro, however, exonerated the 26-year-old from the defeat, stating that the referee committed a bigger blunder which influenced the game.
“Anybody can make a mistake,” Peseiro told ESPN.
“But the first big mistake was our second goal. We scored a clear goal and the referee said offside. It was not offside. Everybody can see it was no offside.
“We did a fantastic job in defensive possession. I think we can do more in offensive possession. We can control more of the ball, we can show more character, we can be more aggressive.”
Despite the defeat, Peseiro draws positive from the game, adding that the team is on the right track.
“I am more confident than before after this match,” he added.
“One more step to that challenge to win the AFCON. Of course, before that we need to qualify, we need more camping, we need more friendly matches because we want our team to play at a high level.
“For that, we need to improve our organisation, try new dynamics, new set pieces and work hard and believe that we can be better,” He concluded.
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