Friday, March 25, 2016 10:34 pm
Renowned Nigerian ex-players Adokiye Amiesimaka, Waidi Akanni and other fans have expressed disappointment with the Super Eagles’ draw with the Pharaohs of Egypt in a 2017 AFCON qualifier in Kaduna.
Amiesimaka was actually not expecting an Eagles victory as he said the country’s football lacks the calibre of players to win.
“I’m not surprised that we lost, I would have been shocked if we won, we don’t have the calibre of players that can deliver. I only pity Samson Siasia because now the administrators will have the moral justification to bring in a foreign coach.
“Let them bring José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger put together, we lack the structure, so we can’t win.
“Nigerians keep indulging in wishful thinking; we fail to always ask the right questions,’’ he said.
The Super Eagles scored the opener through Oghenekaro Etebo in the 59th minute before Egypt’s Mohammed Salah equalised in the 90th minute in the match played on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
Waidi Akanni a former U-17 national team player said: “I was there in Kaduna, they lost concentration for reasons I don’t know, it’s so unfortunate.
“The players got carried away and we paid dearly for it, so sad we gave the match away’’.
For Etim Esim, it was disappointing that the team conceded a goal few minutes to the end of the match.
He urged the Samson Siasia-led technical crew to ensure that the team did not lose focus in the next encounter against their Egyptian opponents.
“Honestly, it is really painful that we could not maintain the 1-0 scoreline against Egypt.
“ Every minute in a match is crucial but it’s unfortunate that our boys lost concentration and paid the price.
“The coach should ensure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes in Alexandra in the second leg of the match,’’ he said.
Falade Oyekan, a board member of the Lagos State Football Association, urged the players to put the defeat behind them and concentrate on the second leg encounter in four days.
“The deed has already been done and all we need and expect from the Super Eagles is full concentration against their opponents.
“Nothing is impossible in football, we can defeat the Egyptians in their home soil,’’ he said.
In Calabar the fans also expressed disappointment with the result, saying the team did not play cohesively in the match which was a must win for Nigeria.
A student, Maxwell Kalu, said he was not satisfied with the performance of the team, adding that the Eagles lacked pace and seriousness.