By James Agberebi:
Nigeria U-23s coach, Samson Siasia, has blamed the Flying Eagles coaching crew for the team’s elimination from the U-20 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Germany on Thursday.
Levin Oztunali’s 19th minute strike was enough to take Germany through to the last eight of the tournament at the expense of Nigeria.
Reacting to the loss, Siasia pointed out that the coach’s inability to introduce the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon contributed to the result.
“When you are playing against the Germans, you have to come out and play, you have to come out aggressive, keep possession of the ball, create chances but we didn’t do all that. We kept marking five yards away from the opponent. We gave them chances to keep dribbling and create chances at our goal,” Siasia said in the NTA studios moments after the match.
“And for me the tactics and formation was wrong, imagine playing just one striker who had no support. I expected the coach to have introduced Iheanacho, Moses, players who are more experienced in Europe who know these guys, but instead the coach brought in a defensive midfielder when he was losing.”
The Germans will now take on Mali in the quarter-finals for a place in the last four.