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Peseiro blames referee for Super Eagles defeat to Ecuador

Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro was not happy with the officiating in his side’s 1-0 defeat to La Tri of Ecuador.

Pervis Estupian netted the winning goal in the third minute to condemn the Super Eagles to another defeat.

The West Africans, who are now without a win in their last five games, lost 2-1 to Mexico in their first friendly last Sunday.

The Super Eagles fluffed a number of chances in the game, but were denied a clear penalty on 12 minutes when Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez upended Terem Moffi inside the box.

Peseiro insisted the error by the centre referee played a key role in side’s defeat to La Tri.

“Of course, I don’t want to speak about the referee, but at least one penalty (should have been awarded to Super Eagles),” Peseiro claimed in a post-match interview.

“No VAR but in the start of the show, there was a clear penalty. The goalkeeper touched the foot of our striker.

“I don’t know but I was told we had another penalty also, but the referee didn’t give it to us. But it is okay, anybody can commit mistakes. Even the players can make mistakes also,” he said.

The Super Eagles are expected back in the country this weekend where they will now concentrate on the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.

The team will keep a date with the Leone Stars at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja next week Thursday.

They will travel to Marrakech, Morocco for a matchday two clash against the Djurtus on Monday, June 13.

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