BY JACOB AJOM
Coach of the new WAFU Kings, Hawks of Togo, Tchanile Tchakala has described the Super Eagles team that fell 2-3 to his side in the final of the sub-regional football tournament Saturday as “very physical and lacking in depth.”
Speaking after the encounter, the soft-spoken tactician revealed the technical edge of the Togolese team gave them victory. “The Eagles were very physical and that made the difference because we were more technical,” he observed.
The coach gave his Nigerian opposite number, Samson Siasia who lost his first match asnational team coach some tips on Eagles’ defensive flaws.
“I noticed the Eagles were very fast and were always running upfield, leaving the defense open. My players capitalised on this and we got our goals.”
As noticed during the match, goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi who obviously had a bad day, was exposed to the extent that he had several one-on-one encounters with Togo attackers. It was in one of those forays that he conceded the second goal.
Coach Tchakala said he assembled his squad, made up of players from Togo’s second division and football academies five days before leaving for Nigeria.
“Togo’s Premier League has been on break for the past two years, so what I did was to pick the players from the second division and football academies,” the coach said, adding that he also run an academy which contributed some of the players to the team.
“ I feel great indeed. It was a good match. I congratulate them because they have impressed me and made Togo proud today.”