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No Greek gift, Lagerback warns Eagles

By Tony Ubani

Eagles manager, Lars Lagerback, has reviewed the performance of his wards against Argentina and warned them that there would be no Greek gift against Greece in their second match of the World Cup. The Swede is still pained that the Eagles allowed Argentina to run away with a win in a match that they had an opportunity of even beating them or at worst share honours with a draw.

Sports Vanguard gathered that the Swede talked tough to the team in their hotel, pointing out their mistakes and with the Eagles confident that they would make amends in their two remaining matches.  Foreign journalists have acclaimed that the Eagles have what it takes to move into the second round and possibly advance further in the competition with the performance they put up against the Argentines.

ON THE PROWL ...Lukman Haruna (R) chases Lionel Messi during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Sylva Eleanya

An English journalist, Brian, said that he was not happy that the Eagles allowed Argentina to run away with victory. “Your team played well but it’s apparent that they missed the services of Mikel Obi in the midfield. He would have stabilised the midfield.

It is annoying that after such phenomenal performance of your goalkeeper, Vincent, in thwarting all the tricky shots of Messi, they still won.  A draw would have been better”, Brian who said that he had been following the performance of Nigerian players for long said.

He said that he was in Angola and watched the Eagles won bronze. “There is a remarkable difference and improvement from the team that I saw in Angola. There is no doubt that Lagerback has brought stability to the team and the players too have raised their game”, he said.

Brian was not alone. South Africans were happy with the performance of the team despite their 1-0 loss.  Volunteers at the Media Centre in Ellis Park were full of praise for the Eagles. “You guys played so well. There is no need to cry over the loss. That was a good performance and I am sure that Nigeria will beat Greece and South Korea”, they chorused. There is a united love for all African teams and South Africans have been cheering lustfully for all the teams.


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