Moses Simon, the captain of Nigeria on the night, believes that the Super Eagles’ 2-1 loss to Algeria in an international friendly on Tuesday night in Oran was caused by questionable refereeing decisions.

In the ninth minute, the Super Eagles took the lead when Lorient striker Terem Moffi, who was in fine form, eluded the attention of Algerian defenders and hooked the ball into the net as a shot by defender Calvin Bassey was deflected in a goalmouth scrum.

Five minutes before halftime, Riyad Mahrez would tie the score for the North Africans by calmly slotting past Uzoho after referee Melki ruled that Frank Onyeka had fouled Youcef Belaili in the Nigerian box.

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After a corner kick was poorly cleared, Youcef Atal grabbed onto a free kick from 28 yards and slammed past a poorly positioned Francis Uzoho to make it 2-1 just beyond the hour mark.

Ademola Lookman smoothly finished as the Super Eagles launched a counterattack, giving them a 2-0 lead, but the goal was disallowed for off-side.

Speaking post-match, Simon questioned the refereeing decisions and also revealed what manager Jose Peseiro told the players during the game as they complained about the unfavorable calls.

He told NFF TV: “The game did not go the way we planned it but it’s part of the job, we learn every day and I believe we picked a lot from it.

“We all know the referee did not give us justice. Of course the coach said we should just forget about it, we just keep fighting, we just play our game, people are watching.

“We just need to encourage ourselves, motive ourselves. We play for pride, we play for our family, we play for ourselves. Of course we play for the Nigerian fans.

“We just give ourselves a boost so we can do it and I believe we did our best and of course it’d didn’t go as planned but we just keep working hard.”

Super Eagles are back in action on November 17 when they face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a glamour friendly in Lisbon.



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