By Ime Bassey, just back from Kumasi
With the defeat in Kumasi last weekend by the Black Meteors of Ghana which ended Dream Team V’s quest for a slot in the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique later this year, assistant coach of the team, Ben Iroha has turned his sight on the Olympic qualifier slated for the end of this year.
Speaking in his hotel after the team’s defeat, the former Eagles defender said attention should be shifted to discover new players that can be added in other to have a winning team.
“We have moved ahead because this is football. Our next point of call is the Olympic qualifiers for which we need to discover more new talents, expose them by keeping them together so we can form a winning team.
“Also, we need to play a lot of international friendlies outside the shores of the country so the boys will be used to pressure. We know that playing at home is not the problem, so we are appealing to the NFF to help us organize games that will bring these plans to reality. We have a team that we will build upon before the qualifiers. All we want to do is to discover three good players each to fit-in in all positions.
“I did not know we are going to concede two goals without scoring. I knew that they will score but I felt before the game that the kind of attack we have, there was no way we will not score at least one goal here.
“We had chances to score in the first half, but we could not score. Most especially the one missed by Olaitan Otunbajo which was supposed to be a clean goal, and another by Nnamdi Oduamadi in the eighteen yard box. In this kind of a match were the winner takes it all, you do not miss such chances.
I am not blaming the players but it is like fate and we are sad about it. We just have to put ourselves together, go back to address our wrongs and prepare for the big one in December (Olympics Qualifier),” Iroha said.