June 9, 2014

Oboabona: Why we fell to USA

Oboabona: Why we fell to USA


Nigeria defender Godfrey Oboabona is disappointed by the two goals conceded by the Super Eagles in their 1-2 loss to the USA and blames it on lack of communication.

Jozy Altidore was left unmarked to tap in from close-range for the first, then held off the challenge of Yobo to whip in a second.

“I think it was a lack of communication that led to the two goals,” the defender told “Because these are the kind of goals that for the last two years I have not seen us concede those kinds of goals.

“I am not the kind of player that criticizes another player because everybody makes mistakes and nobody is perfect but I think we will have to work and communicate well.”



The loss snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak for the Super Eagles, and Oboabona was naturally disappointed, but says the lessons have to be learnt.

“I’m a bit disappointed but not too disappointed because the major purpose of being here is to identify our weaknesses.

“It is better we lose today than get to the World Cup and lose. I think everybody has to learn from this.

“Individually, we have to fight, we have to work hard. When we lose the ball, we have to come back. We are not putting as much seriousness or commitment as we used to do before.

“But I believe from this game, from the next training, we will have to talk to ourselves so we know what we have to do.”

The team return to training on Sunday evening in Jacksonville.