Sweden draw a great setback – Garba

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Coach Manu Garba has described yesterday’s 3-3 draw with Sweden at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as a great setback to the Golden Eaglets.

Eaglets came back from a two-goal deficit to force the Scandinavians to a thrilling draw at the Kalifa Bin Zayed Stadium to stay top of the group, with four points, same with the Swedes but they have a superior goal advantage heading into Friday’s final group game against Iraq in Dubai.

Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA

Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA

Speaking to reporters after the game, the former Flying Eagles star said that loss of concentration by his defenders was responsible for the goals scored by the Swedes, adding further that the outcome could have been different had his choice and top striker Success Isaac played full time.

“It was a great setback to us because we came to win but in football, funny things happen at times.

Compared to our last match against Mexico, where they boys scored 100 percent, in this match, I give them 60 percent. All the three goals were as a result of loss of concentration, which was the least that I expected.

“We knew that the Scandinavians played direct football but our players were slow in their timing to defend, which was our major problem.

Sweden were technically balanced, they sat back and allowed us to create all the chances but we could not take them. If Success were around, the story could have been different but on the whole, the boys still fought back and gave a good account of themselves by ensuring that we did not lose”, added Garba

 

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