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Flying Eagles coach takes responsibility for W/Cup exit

12 June 2015, 15:14

New Plymouth - Head coach of the Flying Eagles of Nigeria Manu Garba, says he is accepting responsibilities for his team’s failure to progress beyond the round of 16 at the World Youth Championship.

Manu Garba wards fell to Germany 1-0 in the round of 16 and following criticism about his tactics in the game, the coach says he is taking it all on board.

"It's okay to be criticized, I don't have a problem with it and I accept responsibility for my team’s failure, same way I would have earned praises if we had progressed," he told News24.

Also read: Siasia blasts Manu Garba’s “poor tactics”

He however defended his tactics and his players over the loss, as according to him, although they were not at their best, the Germans were still lucky to pip them by a lone goal.

"My players didn't start well and it sometimes happens in football, when we recovered we were already a goal down.

The Germans defended really well to protect their slim win which makes me say they were lucky, as I can't remember them causing us any real panic in the second half."

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