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Garba dissatisfied with F/Eagles despite huge win

Nigeria Under-20 head coach Manu Garba claimed his side were not playing to their full potential, despite their 5-2 friendly win over Hoffenheim’s Under-23 side.

Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA
Manu Garba, head coach of Nigeria ponders during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FIFA

The Flying Eagles may have scored five times, including a hat-trick for Taiwo Awoniyi, but Garba says they were too sluggish getting off the mark in the early stages.

“We started the game slowly, but we later picked up to play our normal game,” said Manu after game.

“It was a good outing overall and I will score us about 70 percent.”

“But again we need to work on our defence by taking on more defensive responsibilities and our finishing has to be better as we lost several chances.

“All the same, we should also praise the Hoffenheim team, they are a team of professional players and they took the game to us very early on.”

The Nigerian side next take on Nurnberg U23 on 15 May before the final 21-man squad for the U20 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand is announced.

Nigeria begin their World Cup campaign against Brazil on 1 June before taking on the other teams in Group E, including Hungary and South Korea.

 


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