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U-20 AFCON Qualifiers: Aigbogun Blames Poor Calabar Pitch For Flying Eagles’ Slim Win Vs Guinea-Bissau

U-20 AFCON Qualifiers: Aigbogun Blames Poor Calabar Pitch For Flying Eagles’ Slim Win Vs Guinea-Bissau

By Adeboye Amosu:
Coach of Nigeria U-20 side – the Flying Eagles, Paul Aigbogun, has blamed the UJ Esuene Stadium pitch for their marginal 1-0 win against Guinea-Bissau in the second leg Second Round game of the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday.

Adamu Alhassan scored from the penalty spot in the 58th minute to hand the Flying Eagles the win after Wasiu Aladade was fouled in the penalty box.

Tje Flying Eagles advanced 3-2 on aggregate having played a 2-2 draw in the first leg a week ago.

Speaking in a 17-second video published on NFF Twitter handle, Aigbogun also lamented that his players missed lots of scoring chances, stating a lot of work still need to be done.

“The players played to a certain point but due to the pitch, it was difficult to adapt as quickly as possible,” Aigbogun stated .

“But they did their best. We had chances, but unfortunately, we didn’t take a lot of our chances which means more work for us.”

The Flying Eagles will face Mauritania in the final qualifying round with both legs coming up in July.

To get to the final qualifying round, Mauritania eliminated Morocco and Guinea in the first and second rounds respectively.

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  • Bekee 3 years ago

    The coach should better start training the team on that pitch to make them be accostomed to it in time for the Mauritanean match.

  • Go Eagles Go 3 years ago

    This is what we shout out voice dry. Our guys should be looking for outside this shore contracts where there are better training facilities. Our local league coaches are not training our boys to practice scoring techniques. Two hours training is not enough. 5 good hrs 4 days a week. Monday or Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday. 1hour for positional play. 1 hr for goal scoring tactics.1hr for tackling. 2 hrs for implementation and stamina build up. This may be in a river or swimming pool for those who can swim. Asking them to kick imaginary ball in the water. Ronaldo is the best model when training. We wasted plenty of chances but this coach is blaming the pitch. If proper training was given to these guys, they would have known how to get the better of that supposed poor pitch.

  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    The U.J.Esuene Stadium pitch in Calabar is currently a disgrace to Nigeria, and a danger to players

    • This is the same pitch Enyimba fc is playing currently, they had never been a day they complained of bad state of pitch. If players are not given the right training, how will they perform. If they had won with 4 to 6 goals now, they will say the pitch is the best.

  • Captjegs 3 years ago

    Can somebody tell me what it costs to have a very good pitch and maintain it ? When are we going to start playing our football on a good pitch the type that we see week in week out in EPL. Will it reduce them if they do just this one for us? After all, football is the only factor that Foster unity in this part of the world. Is this too much to ask ?

  • Olayinka Charles-Oni 3 years ago

    I am wondering if the coach did not know that the pitch was bad and let the NFF know about the situation before selecting the stadium. The team will get better if the the coaches are technically and tactically good.