By Kayode Ogunbanwo
The Super Eagles may have crashed out of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but ex-national team assistant Coach Joe Erico believes that was the best feat the team can offer at the Mundial.
Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance while Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarter finals on Monday. Meanwhile, the African champions had a goal ruled out for offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa’s cross.
The former Nigeria goalkeeper however faulted the Super Eagles over their constant tactical errors in the match played on Monday in Brasilia, stressing that there was no way they could have done better.
“We were supposed to have killed the match right from the first half; we had whole lots of chances that were squandered in the game. France started slowly which I felt was a great opportunity for us to seal up the game, but instead we allowed them to finish strongly in the second half. But I felt we were just lackadaisical in our attitude, and lacked hunger for what was at stake.
On the way forward, Erico is optimistic the solution is not far-fetched.
“Well, like we used to say often, ‘Let’s go back to the drawing board’ and hope we find lasting solutions to all our problems this time around”.