Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro has made clear his team’s need to test themselves against top teams like Portugal.
The three-time African champions will meet World Cup-bound Portugal in a friendly match next week at Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon.
The Super Eagles have also faced countries such as Mexico, Ecuador and Algeria since Peseiro took charge of the team.
The West African team lost all three friendlies, but the Portuguese stressed the need for his team to test itself against the world’s top teams.
“Playing against my country, the best player in the world, who can win the World Cup, is exceptional,” Peseiro told TMW.
“But it’s also a great opportunity – when you want to build a national team with big ambitions, you have to do it against the big teams.
“The path has to be like this – if you only want to win, you play against the small teams.
“But if I want to improve my team, I will take defeats to improve us in the future.
The Super Eagles are rebuilding after failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, which will start in Qatar in two days.
The team lost to their perennial rival, the Black Stars of Ghana in the play-off round.
Peseiro was announced as head coach of the Super Eagles in May.
Why the Super Eagles should play the best teams like Portugal – Peseiro