Netherlands-Nigeria: Quotes

Samson Siasia, Nigeria coach
I can't be upset with this result. We created a lot of chances and we played very well at points. It was a sound performance and we came in with the goal of not losing this first game. In the next games we can focus on getting a little bit more going in attack and scoring a few goals. We need to be a little more clinical in front of goal, but I can't be upset because we looked dangerous in attack for long periods of the game. We just failed to take our chances.

Victor Obinna, Nigeria striker
The weather was very difficult for both teams. We tried to conserve energy whenever we could because of the heat. I think we played some good football against a good team and we will take heart in what we did right and try to use it to produce goals in our next game. We came into the game with the hopes of winning. We didn't consider the Dutch favourites, and we didn't play for the draw. I missed a few chances and so did some of my teammates, but we will correct this problem.

Foppe de Haan, Netherlands coach
Nigeria has a very good team and so do we. We will take this draw and look to grow as the tournament progresses. We can play better than this and I think we will show that in the next game. We were in charge of the midfield for the first half, but we failed to make enough of an edge out of this. A few of the players got very tired and were affected by the heat. Roy Makaay picked up an injury on his foot and I don't think he will play in the next game.