By John Egbokhan
Flying Eaglesâ€™ coach, Samson Siasia has admitted that his side were disorganised during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup second round match against Germ
any in Suez
The below-par Nigerians, lost the match 3-2, despite leading twice, against a weakened German side, who had to play with 10 players for almost 30 minutes, following the dismissal of one of their wards, for a malicious tackle on a Nigerian opposition.
But instead of relapsing, the Germans, gained in confidence and after coming from behind twice, dealt Siasiaâ€™s boys, a sucker punch, deep into injury time. Bjorn Kopplin scored the third goal in the final minute of added time
At the end of the tie, which exposed the teamâ€™s fragile nature, Siasia, said that it was hard to accept defeat, given that his boys had the advantage to progress to the quarterfinal, where they would have met a free-scoring Brazilian side.
â€œIt is hard to lose this way. We scored twice for the first time in the tournament but it still wasnâ€™t enough. At the end we were a man up but we were still having problems. When you lead twice, you need to preserve that lead, and we didnâ€™t do that. My team were too disorganized to keep their shapeâ€, said Siasia, who in 2005, led the Flying Eagles squad, comprising John Mikel Obi, Chinedu Obasi and Sani kaita, to claim the silver at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Holland.
Also speaking, coach of the victorious German side, Horst Hrubesch, hailed his boys for their courageous performance and burning desire to win the encounter.
â€œI have to thank my players. They deserve all my respect. I have always told my team to have fun out there, and thatâ€™s just what they did today.
My guys really wanted to win.
â€œThat said, Iâ€™m not totally satisfied, especially with our first_half performance. We missed a few chances, but after we drew level at 2_2 I know weâ€™d get one more chanceâ€, added Hrubesh