By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Cardrivel Dorasam, the Mauritius U-20 coach has said he brought his players to learn the rudiments of football from Nigeria after his team was humbled 2-1 by the Flying Eagles at the Abuja National Stadium in the final phase qualifier of the African Youth Championship.
Coach Dorasam also said the school examinations currently holding in his country prevented him from coming with good players that could have turned the tide of the game.
“All my good players are in school and they are currently writing their examinations. This same school programme affected me during the first leg in Mauritius when we lost 2-0 as they were preparing for it. These players I came with were inexperienced.
“We lost glaring scoring chances right from the first leg, and if those opportunities were converted, it would have given us hope of remaining in contention.“However, I have the hope that Nigeria will do well in the finals in Libya”, he said.
The Flying Eagles scored an early minute goal just barely four minutes into the game and followed with another before the end of the first segment.
Their inexperience notwithstanding, the Mauritians resumed the second chapter smoking, and their determination gave them a goal through Joel Jules in the 53rd minute that was celebrated.
“That lone goal is worth pounds of gold. It’s worth celebrating as we had not thought of seeing the back of the Nigerian net”, said Dorasam.
John Obuh, the Flying Eagles coach said he was already mapping out his strategy for the continental youth championship finals in Libya.