Despite ending his debut appearance for the senior national team with a defeat, Sikiru Alimi believes he must work harder to gain more playing time for the Super Eagles B team.
The Lobi Stars attacker played his first game for Nigeria in the first leg of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers against Togo last weekend in Lome.
The CHAN Eagles lost the contest 4-1 and are walking a tightrope in their quest to make another appearance at the championship meant for African players who are plying their trade in their domestic league.
Alimi describes it as “a different atmosphere entirely” and that he is looking forward to making amends at the WAFU Cup competition in Dakar, Senegal when they face the same Togolese on Saturday in their opening match of the tournament.
“It was a good one for me making my debut for the Super Eagles B,” Alimi told DaSportsTainment247.com correspondent, Johnpaul Nnamdi in a chat.
“It comes with a lot of experience for me and I am glad I did. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on a winning note and I think I have to work more if I would get more games,” Alimi said.
After the first leg of the final round of qualifiers held in Lomé, Togo, the team returns to Nigeria Tuesday to prepare for the WAFU Cup which will kick off on Saturday in Senegal.
Fortunately for Alimi, he has also been selected among the home-based Eagles who departed for Senegal for the tournament Thursday and have since arrived the competition venue.