Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets played below expectations – U17 World Cup 2013
The Nigeria Golden Eaglets coach has Manu Garba described Nigeria’s draw against Sweden in Under-17 World Cup played yesterday as a great setback for the Eaglets.
Answering question after the Garba rates the team above average as they salvaged a 3-3 draw against Swedenat the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain,in a match that the young Africans showed some defensive blunders.
Eaglets still stay top of the group despite yesterday’s draw, with four points, same with the Swedes but they have a superior goal advantage heading into Friday’s final group game against Iraq in Dubai.
“We did well against Mexico and I scored the players 90 percent,” Manu said at the post match conference.
“But against Sweden, I can only give them 60 percent because all the three goals we conceded were due to lack of concentration.” he added.
“We knew that the Swede would play a direct kind of game which is typical of their style and we told the players but it was unfortunate that we conceded those goals through lack of concentration.
“Of course, came out to win but we are happy with the draw and I believe this is how God wanted it to be,” he added, dismissing the impression that his players failed to cope with the size of the opposition.
“We knew how they were going to play and I don’t think it was the size, that mattered rather the timing of our defence was poor today,” he noted.
“In fact, we knew it was going to be difficult especially after we lost Isaac Success due to injury but the most important thing is that we salvaged a point and I thank the players for their fighting spirit.”