By John Egbokhan
Flying Eagles’ coach, Samson Siasia has admitted that his side were disorganised during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup second round match against Germ


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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 Siasia’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 team’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.

“It is hard to lose this way. We scored twice for the first time in the tournament but it still wasn’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 didn’t do that. My team were too disorganized to keep their shape”, 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.

“I have to thank my players. They deserve all my respect. I have always told my team to have fun out there, and that’s just what they did today.

My guys really wanted to win.
“That said, I’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 we’d get one more chance”, added Hrubesh


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