Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:29 am
Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has consoled Chileans for losing to Nigeria on Tuesday night, 1-5.
According to him, the team of the host nation, in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, is a good team, but quickly added that they lost to ‘the best team’.
“It is true we were effective up front, but we also knew how to block their passing game, forcing them to play uncomfortably in the midfield.
“My players understood the transition game, that is when to attack, when to defend. We also prepared them mentally, it is not easy to play against the host.
“Chile has a good team, but today they lost against the best team. I believe they can qualify for the next round,” Amuneke added.
The Chilean Coach, Miguel Ponce,in his post match views also agreed that Eagles were a good team and that his boys failed to capitalise on created opportunities.
“I told the kids: Nigeria respected us more than the result shows. They took measures to avoid us playing quickly, they knew to wait for us and scored after patient plays, they did not keep us in our goal for the whole game.
” It is true there were physical differences, especially when it came to speed, but it is also true we were not able to finish off the situations we created. Against a good team, they don’t forgive you.”