Nigeria U17 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has admitted that his Golden Eagles contended with a stiff USA challenge before recording a crucial first win as they started the defense of their FIFA U17 World Cup on Saturday in Santiago, Chile, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Chukwudi Agor and Victor Osimhen scored scored in the 50th and 61st minute respectively as the defending champions won 2-0 and the United States. Amuneke expressed his happiness at recording a morale-boosting win in their very first match of the World Cup.
"Considering it was the first match, I think it was a good game," Amuneke said in a post match interview with FIFA.com.
"At the beginning it was pretty even, everything very tactical, neither of us wanted to make a mistake. At half time I told my players to believe in themselves, and it worked, because we were more precise. Besides the three points, which are very important, I also liked that we kept our heads even when we could not get things going."
USA coach, Ritchie Williams while admitting to losing to a good Nigeria, blamed 'unfortunate errors' for his team's defeat.
"We are obviously disappointed because of the outcome. We played a good first half, we were balanced, solid and we even created some chance that we were not able to convert," Williams remarked.
"Nigeria scored two quick goals, but thank to unfortunate errors on our side. We were hoping to be more effective, but we lost against a good Nigerian team."