Australia Coach, FA Celebrate ‘Fantastic Win’ Against ‘Excellent Team’ Golden Eaglets

Australia Coach, FA Celebrate ‘Fantastic Win’ Against ‘Excellent Team’ Golden Eaglets

Australia’s U17s, the Joeys’ coach, Trevor Morgan and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) have been talking up their memorable win against FIFA U-17 World Cup superpowers, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, in their last Group B match of the ongoing Brazil 2019 edition of the tournament, Completesports.com reports

The Joeys were in resurgent form and fought hard to deafeat their nemesis, the Golden Eaglets, 2-1 at the Estadio Bezerrao, Brasilia on Friday night.

The Joeys camp is celebrating a massive win against five-time U-17 World Cup champions to reach the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The Joeys’ win in Brasila marked their first win over the Golden Eaglets at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in seven encounters, following past clashes in 1987, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2005, and 2015 editions.

The Aussies are also happy to have handed the Nigerians the third defeat in their last 31 FIFA U-17 World Cup games.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim forward Noah Botic netted a brace the Australia’s U17s in the 13th and 54th minutes –, his second of ehe match was from a spot kick. Peter Olawale scored the Golden Eaglets’ goal in the 21st minute.

“We came here to win games and, although Nigeria were fantastic, we got the result,” Joeys coach Morgan told Football Federation of Australia website.

“It’s a plus for the boys, for their commitment and belief to come here and play a top team and win.”

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Morgan is delighted that his boys fought very hard and avoided conceding more than one goal in the match that the Golden Eaglets had 34 shots at goal. The Joeys has only 10 shots.

“They had to dig deep,” Morgan added.

“[The Joeys] played an excellent team with great quality and great physical capacity. We had to defend well which I think is important in winning.

“It did show the boys were able to keep concentrating, keep working, and in the end the result was fantastic for us.”

Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Technical Director, Rob Sherman delighted at the great performance of the Joeys against Nigeria.

“The team have shown considerable spirit throughout the tournament coming back from early setbacks in their first two games before securing a fantastic win against Nigeria,” Sherman told the FFA website.

“The Joeys have shown a level of composure throughout and demonstrated that they pose an attacking threat and can create goalscoring opportunities.

“This is the first generation of players that have emerged from Small Sided Games, Skill Acquisition Programs, NPL, Talent Support Programs, and Hyundai A-Legaue Academies, underpinned by the National Curriculum. The game should be proud.

“We cannot however rest on our laurels and we need to raise the bar even higher with the evolution of the academy and talent development system along with the curriculum. It does demonstrate the potential Australia has to create the landscape for talented male and female players to emerge and progress into top football, provided we in the game cooperate and work together to capitalise on the resources we have to overcome the resources we don’t. It will be exciting to watch many of these players make their senior debuts in the Hyundai A-League and professional football across the world in the coming years.”

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COMMENTS

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  • Sam Joseph 8 months ago

    I watched the match, the eaglet were too wasteful!
    The result was 2-1 against Nigeria and not 3-2.

     
  • Pls am i dreaming? somebody should wake me up I heard this quark journalists said the match score was 3_2 in favor of Australia,may God help this people in csn

     
  • Samchi 8 months ago

    ‘Sometimes’ it’s good let other teams win so as to also experience the Joy of winning from Hard work. I personally wanted the Coach to experiment with different players and formations having already qualified from the gruop not minding the Final result. This game would be very boring if one team/person constantly takes home all the laurels, upset like this one creates unforgettable memories to add to history like when Leicester city won the Premier league, it was a great experience for every one who witnessed it, and why it can still be talked about for many years to come’ unlike the usual suspects who always win it.

    I’m not painting failure or mediocrity NO’_ For example Everyone is eagerly anticipating when an African team would Lift the world cup or atleast get to the Final, with the Level of Technical Football artistry shown by the likes of Brazil, Belgium and other European countries at a major event trust me you gonna need some Forces to smile down on us to come with some luck like this Young Joeys’ had with 11 shots to our 39 shots but still won.

    In summary the more Hard work we put in, the more Luck one is Likely to find.
    Football would always reward the more purposeful, cautious and insightful team on the Day. At a time i was very glad to hear or see barca loose during the iniesta and co days, cos unpredictability remains the spice of the Game!!!!

     
  • Congratulations to Australia. They dug deep and fought hard. Even though the Nigerian sentiment in me wanted the Golden Eaglets to win or at least equalize, a part of me also sympathized with the Aussies. They needed the game more to survive and the result was due reward for their faith and tenacity. For Nigeria, it was just about pride and maintaining a sterling record (though humiliating for the Joeys).

    That said, these crop of Eaglets might be good individually, but they’re not cohesive as a team. Every one seem eager/desperate to ‘sell’ himself/his skills to supposedly watching scouts. It was ridiculous watching player after player shooting from the outside 18 and trying to score a screamer like Tijani did against Hungary. On this, I blame Manu as I saw the selfish play repeated over and over again.

    Granted, they are young boys. But common! This is a team game, not golf or lawn tennis where you can chase individual glory. They keep this negative play style up, and they’ll soon come crashing home against a more disciplined team. And with that, very likely their club hunting gimmicks/wishes too.

     
  • Glory 8 months ago

    Yes this team lost, don’t bother me. It’s u-17. And d purpose? Discover budding talents for the future. I m looking out for that talent in the team. And happily enough I could point out four that only need right management to get to the heights; That goal keeper, Amoo( here is future SE NO. 10 take it or leave it, Peter Olawale n Said. But truth be told Manu goofed, in the sense that better players were dropped for some, who have no business being in this team,maybe the hands of corruption was too heavy on him but he must understand,that the enviable height he had worked so hard to take his name to is gradually being brought to grass by this corrupt, political influenced selection of national team players.

     
  • I didn’t watch the match, but going by a lot of people comments that the boys are selfish, the blame rest solely on the coach of the team. I noticed same in their second match, it seems it got worst in the last game, come on coach Manu, talk some senses into those of your boys. It is a team sport not and individual sport.

     
  • Chairmanfemi 8 months ago

    I only watched the First half where the score was still 1-1 and I must point out AMOO, The Goal-keeper Oluwabusola for Due Praise. Oluwabusola- The Bournemouth U-17 Keeper showed he is one for the future. The way he dish out command and made some vital saves were incredible. If not for him yesterday, the scoreline would have been more than 2-1. AMOO for sure is a Star. I just pray he doesn’t move to a dirty club after the Tournament.

    As for Mr. Stingy, OLUSEGUN. Like he has Garba’s nude pics and that’s why the Coach keeps starting him. That boy is very annoying with his Stingy play. I will prefer the U-15 product DIVINE NWACHUKWU to him. That boy is promising but Coach Garba is not a fan of him I think. He should start as our No. 9 or replace Stingy Olusegun in our next match…Please Coach Garba.

    I believe in the team if they correct there Leaking Defense, Team Cohesion

     
  • Proudly 9ja 8 months ago

    My people u all spoke well but from the report these were some of d things I got from it based on what the Aussie coach Trevor Mirgan and Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Technical Director, Rob Sherman said about the game that some still said the Super Golden Eaglets have no talent.

    “We came here to win games and, although Nigeria were fantastic, we got the result,” Joeys coach Morgan told Football Federation of Australia website.

    NIGERIA WERE FANTASTIC. Wow this Aussie coach no sabi anything about soccer oooo. This team when no get talent how can they be fantastic abi d coach sef no see wetin some Nigerian wen sabi identify talent dey see?

    “It’s a plus for the boys, for their commitment and belief to come here and play a top team and win.”

    TOP TEAM. Nigeria a top team? going by some forumites this is the worst u17 team ever. Have we ever stopped to think that maybe the u17 set of 2013 & 2015 eaglets may have struggled with these Aussie, Ecuadorean and Hungarian teams? Conversely maybe this current set of eaglets may also have steamrolled all d opposition in 2013 or 2015 FIFA U17 worldcup? Obviously as time passes teams get better and more and more players are in 1st teams in leagues that are function unlike ours.

    The Joeys] played an excellent team with great quality and great physical capacity. We had to defend well which I think is important in winning

    PLAYED AN EXCELLENT TEAM WITH GREAT QUALITY AND GREAT PHYSICAL CAPACUTY. shoo Haba dis NATIONAL TEAM COACH of Australia no sabi anything about football oooo, where him get him coaching license from sef? probably na buy him buy am since most 9ja fans when get like FIFA coaching badges say the team is extremely poor

    This is the first generation of players that have emerged from Small Sided Games, Skill Acquisition Programs, NPL, Talent Support Programs, and Hyundai A-Legaue Academies, underpinned by the National Curriculum. The game should be proud.

    “We cannot however rest on our laurels and we need to raise the bar even higher with the evolution of the academy and talent development system along with the curriculum. It does demonstrate the potential Australia has to create the landscape for talented male and female players to emerge and progress into top football, provided we in the game cooperate and work together to capitalise on the resources we have to overcome the resources we don’t. It will be exciting to watch many of these players make their senior debuts in the Hyundai A-League and professional football across the world in the coming years.”

    See wetin d Australian technical director talk above. With our population if the technical director fit of Nff put half of dis tins wen d Aussies currently have in place in place and not stop after one success then if people complain about d coach it will be acceptable. Give these boys and d coaching crew a little credit and appreciation as they aren’t as bad as some fans think. My take