Some sports administrators and NetBet Sports fans in Omu-Aran, Kwara, described Wednesday the elimination of the Golden Eaglets from the U-17 World Cup in Brazil as a disappointment and a temporary setback in youth soccer.
Interested parties expressed disappointment in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Omu-Aran, a region of local government in Irepodun. Football fans described the rapid elimination of the team after defeating the Dutch U-17 1: 3 team in the knockout stages, calling it “unlike the Nigerian team compared to the previous feats.” of competition by age group. “
Abebe Arokoyo, a student, said his team was the worst team under 17 in the history of Nigeria’s participation in FIFA’s under-17 competition. “The team’s coaches should have noticed the team’s deficit from the beginning when she started fighting from behind to win the group games.”
“The team can only boast individual talents, but it lacks the cohesion that is visible in the last match of the group stage against the Australian youth team,” he said. Post Zakariya Bello, president of the Super Eagles Supporters club in Omu-Aran, said the team’s main flaw was the failure to finish against the goal.
“I will not deceive you, we have made prayers for the team to cross, but it is unfortunate that they have been eliminated. This is a team that has won the tournament five times and has participated in the finals with more opportunities than any other team in the world. “There is always another day; My advice is for the team leader to start the preparation early enough so that eventually the best can come up, “he said.
Adeoye Ezekiel, a billboard operator, said he was disappointed with the rapid elimination of the equipment, saying the measure would negatively affect his revenue target. “I will definitely lose some of the fans of the team that are my clients due to their rapid elimination.”
“Even with matches broadcast on land hot spots, some fans prefer to pay to watch with other fans at football centers. But in the current state of affairs, the number of customers will decrease significantly, representing a loss of revenue for me, “he said.
In addition, Yemi Aransiola, director of the Oyeyemi Football Academy, said the team was lucky to have escaped the group stage. “Unlike the other Nigerian teams that have participated in the same tournament in the past, this team was in trouble from day one.”
“Although some team members have demonstrated intrinsic talent, they need more experience playing as a team, especially in finishing and defense,” he said. Babatunde Bello, a physical education instructor, said the team needed more time together to integrate and achieve the feat accomplished by the previous teams.
He urged the government, football players, especially the Nigerian Football Federation, not to be defeated by the team’s poor results, but to take advantage of the development of their football by age groups. “There is much to learn from this so that we can do things right again,” he said.
NAN reports that the Dutch lost their first two matches in the competition and only entered the knockout phase thanks to their 4-0 loss to the United States in their last match of the group stage. Nigeria, on the other hand, dominated Group B after their victories against Hungary and Ecuador and their defeat against Australia.
A game of very high intensity in the Olympic Stadium was decided by its tactical sensitivity, its silky ability, its economic football, and its good organization, the Eaglets secured most of the race. However, they could not get their pass in the critical zone and were also guilty of firing.
The Eagles Golden’s bad habit of giving up early in their games proved reckless this time, Sontje Hansen scored in the fourth minute. Hansen then scored two more goals to score Olakunle Olusegun’s goal in the 12th minute.
After Olusegun canceled Hansen’s first goal, the young Nigerians were responsible for Hansen’s second goal, which had not come due to a free kick in the 15th minute. A poorly cleaned ball fell on the talented Hansen on the edge of the area, and let out a furtive shot without goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu having an answer.
Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi was mistreated by the center of Ibrahim Sa’id in the 22nd minute and a powerful shot from Sa’id was blocked by the Dutch goalkeeper 11 minutes later. In the second half, Charles Etim’s good shot in the 54th minute was just shaking the Dutch goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Akinkunmi Amoo should have done better with just the opposite goalkeeper to win.
Coach Manu Garba introduced Divine Nwachukwu and Ibraheem Jabaar to the withdrawal of Peter Olawale and Said, but Nigeria could not return to the game in the same way they faced Hungary and Ecuador from their first two games.
With 11 minutes left, the assistant video referee (VAR) saw a ball from Clement Ikenna while Nigeria defended another Dutch assault, and Hansen swept the ball past Jinadu for the third. The goal of the Netherlands.
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