CHAN 2014: Home-Based Eagles trounce Plateau United 2-0

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Abuja – Home-Based Super Eagles on Saturday trounced Plateau United FC of Jos, a Nigeria National League (NNL) side 2-0 in a training match played at the main-bowl of the National stadium, Abuja.

The match with Plateau United was the third played by the Eagles in less than two weeks, as the team prepares for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) beginning in January, 2014.

The Eagles had defeated Prisons FC, Abuja, 4-1 in their first training match in camp, while Niger Tornadoes FC, Minna lost 0-2 in the second match.

Ejike Uzoenyi got the first goal in the first half, while latest invitee, Mfon Udoh, who plays for Enyimba FC, Aba, doubled the score in the last minute of the regulation time.

Golden Eaglets Goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu, make vital saves to deny the Jos side many scoring chances in the second half of the game watched by a small crowd.

Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head Coach, said after the game that the players’ positional and tactical plays were coming up gradually.

Keshi noted that the team’s performance was beginning to improve after few weeks of blending.

“Five days ago was terrible and I wasn’t happy, but today things are getting much better.

“I don’t blame the players for their form because they have been out of league for almost three months and they are rusty.

“So, coming around now, we have to push and push for them to get ready for CHAN,’’ Keshi said.

He added that few more games would be played as preparations for the CHAN had reached a crucial stage.

Christopher Danjuma, Plateau United’s coach, praised the efforts of his players in the encounter, noting that they played to instructions.

“If players in the domestic league can play to instructions like this, then it means we are doing great.

“When you play against a national team in camp after a long journey, regardless of the scoreline, you are supposed to be satisfied,’’ Danjuma said.

He said the match against the Eagles was organised to help sharpen the team’s scoring ability ahead of the new league season. (NAN)

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