Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf said the team was ready to do their best as they exchanged tackles with the Costa Rican national team on Thursday.
Costa Rica hosts the three-time African champions at the Estadio Nacional de San José in what is the country’s final home match before heading off to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nigeria arrived in San José on Monday and is training at Centro De Altro Rendimiento Training Center.
The team, made up mainly of players from the Professional Football League of Nigeria, prepared under the watchful eye of Salisu Yusuf.
And the Olympic eagles’ coach expressed his confidence in the players’ ability to make the encounter difficult for the Costa Ricans.
“The players have reacted well in the two warm-up sessions we’ve had since we arrived in San Jose,” said coach Yusuf. “I have confidence in the boys to give their best in Thursday’s game.”
In the absence of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and other regular Super Eagles stars, manager Yusuf will feature goalkeeper Kayode Bankole, thrilling Samuel Kalu and dynamic forward Sunday Faleye and 15 others.