F/Eagles Coach Laments Huge Loss To Brazil

Flying Eagles Chief Coach Manu Garba says his team’s loss to Brazil in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Group E opening match was a huge disappointment.
The Nigerian team took off to a flying start as they bounced back from a goal down to lead Brazil 2-1 with goals by Isaac Success and Musa Yahaha. But Brazil restored parity before end of first half and finished strongly by scoring two more goals in the second half.
Looking back into how his team crashed to the firepower of the Brazilians, Garba said: “It was a huge disappointment. We carved out the better chances in the first half and we should have led at the break. The first 45 minutes reflected what we’re capable of.
“We simply made two mistakes that cost us dearly in the second period. All in all we played our part in a really great match and I’d like to congratulate Brazil on their victory; they’re a very good team”.
Garba’s opposing number, Coach Rogerio Micale of Brazil said: “We had expected to face a really good side in Nigeria and we weren’t mistaken on that front. We started very well, but then the opposition gradually got on top and prevented us from playing our game.
“We shored things up in the middle of the park again in the second half and then looked to exploit the wings, which paid dividends”.

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