Stories By Ime Bassey, just back from Kumasi
Following Nigeria’s elimination by the Black Meteors of Ghana from the football party in the All Africa Games billed for Maputo in September, the Olympic Eagles’ assistant coach, Stanley Eguma has stated that the team is not giving up on its dream of qualifying for the Olympics in London 2012.
The Dolphin coach stressed that despite losing to their Ghanaian counterparts at the Baba-Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, they are poised to pick a ticket from the qualifiers billed for December this year in a yet-to-be-named venue.
“It is not yet over; we are already looking ahead to the Olympic qualifiers as we hope to correct our mistakes in other to get a ticket for the party in London next year,” Eguma said.
He expressed his pains on the defeat suffered by the Dream Team V, stating that the Ekigho Ehiosun led attack could not convert their chances, allowing the Ghanaians to convert theirs.
“It feels bad losing-out after all the efforts we put in for the game. Well, this is football where things happen. The game was not bad only that we did not convert any our chances when we had them.
If we had, the game would have been different. The Ghanaians did not outplay us, they got it right by converting their chances when they had it.
“The midfield did its best to contain the Ghanaians but in a game like this, you need high profile midfielders to do the job. The boys were concentrating on defending rather than offensive play,” Eguma added.