Siasia Blames Garba For Flying Eagles Defeat

Siasia Blames Garba For Flying Eagles Defeat

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria U-23s coach, Samson Siasia, has blamed the Flying Eagles coaching crew for the team’s elimination from the U-20 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Germany on Thursday.

Levin Oztunali’s 19th minute strike was enough to take Germany through to the last eight of the tournament at the expense of Nigeria.

Reacting to the loss, Siasia pointed out that the coach’s inability to introduce the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon contributed to the result.

“When you are playing against the Germans, you have to come out and play, you have to come out aggressive, keep possession of the ball, create chances but we didn’t do all that. We kept marking five yards away from the opponent. We gave them chances to keep dribbling and create chances at our goal,” Siasia said in the NTA studios moments after the match.

“And for me the tactics and formation was wrong, imagine playing just one striker who had no support. I expected the coach to have introduced Iheanacho, Moses, players who are more experienced in Europe who know these guys, but instead the coach brought in a defensive midfielder when he was losing.”
The Germans will now take on Mali in the quarter-finals for a place in the last four.

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  • evangelist sylvester 6 years ago

    I am joining those who are blaming garba for our exit in u20 FIFA world cup. our players there crew did not take this world cup serious, look at there first march with Brazil , they take them ungranted that why we lost that March. garba should go back to a coaching course.

  • Agbiase Immanuel 6 years ago

    Kudos to Manu Garba for the feat he has achieved grooming this group of highly talented youngsters and injecting the right spirit or passion for the game in them. It is rather sad that we exited the competition at this stage. Even though what Siasia said is true, the Latins have a saying,”nemo dat quod non habet” you cannot give what you do not have. Manu’s experience both as a player and coach remains local since he played the game locally. At the global level football has advanced so it requires a lot of exposure to cope and Manu could not, like he rightly observed himself, football at U20 is very much different from the U17. He can only improve, I will urge that he takes more courses and the NFF should support him because he has the right and patriotic spirit. He was clearly outsmarted by the German coach and our boys were made to look ordinary, its. unfortunate but we take our lessons for this experience. I know Siasia will do us proud with U23s, he should not shy from using Manu’s, they will be even better under a superior coach. My suggestion, Iheanacho, Success, Simon, Yahaya,Awoniyi,Bulbwa,Musa,Ndidi,Alampasu, Sokari,should all be given a chance to fight for a place with those he(Siasia)has.

  • Agbiase Immanuel 6 years ago

    I said this when the game was in it’d 70th minute, I told my friend with whom I was watching that we needed the experience of Iheanacho and Moses. It was not to be, Manu brought in a player who hadn’t played for the team since the competition started and a defensive player when he should have strengthened the attack, I wonder what he was defending or did he sense the Germans would score more so wanted to control damage? It was not a mistake, it was pressure and inability.