We played our best game - Yakubu

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The Everton striker saw his first half goal cancelled by Michael Essien’s glancing header before Junior Agogo sealed the win, and Yakubu says the Eagles were just unlucky

“Today was one of our best games. We worked hard, but we were just unlucky and we made some mistakes.”

Nigeria were one man up for about half an hour but failed to make their numerical advantage count, and Yakubu stated that he believed the Eagles should have gone on to win.

“When it was 10 against 11, I thought we would beat them, but we didn’t do enough and they had a lot of experienced players and did well.”

And Yakubu stated that Nigeria must learn to build with a purpose.

“We have to learn how to build a team in Nigeria and not to be changing players every game all the time.

“There are some players who may not be playing regularly for their clubs, maybe because they have a problem with their club manager; that does not mean that they are not good enough for the national team. We have to invite them.”

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