By James Agberebi:
Under-23 Eagles assistant coach, Fatai Amoo, has attributed the team’s not too impressive outing at the just concluded All Africa Games to the unavailability of some key players, but promised a better outing at the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in November/December.
“Generally, it wasn’t a good performance,” Amoo told completesportsnigeria.com. “We faced lots of challenges, like the inability to get some key players for the competition. Also, the team was depleted due injuries.
“Those with minor injuries didn’t have enough time to recuperate. I am not trying to make excuses for the team but injuries really affected the team.
“We started well in our first game but in the semi-final, we lost to Burkina Faso which was very painful. But we take it as a learning curve for the team before the Olympic qualifiers.”
Speaking ahead of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal, Amoo said the team will work extra hard to claim one of the tickets for the Olympics.
He added: “We are aware what Nigerians will be expecting from us at the Olympic qualifier, which is the Olympic ticket. Now we have to work seriously hard and hopefully, we will have a more solid team because the group we find ourself is not an easy one.”
The U-23 Eagles finished third in the football event at the games. They defeated host Congo 5-3 on penalties in the third-place match after 90 minutes ended 0-0.