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Flying Eagles have more work to do – Garba

25 May 2015, 16:03Israel Ojoko

Berlin - Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba says his wards still have more work to do in order to be in a good shape for the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

The world cup kicks off this weekend, Nigeria plays its first game on Monday against Brazil.

After weeks of training in Germany, where they beat Hoffenheim U23, Nurnberg U19 and SC Freiburg U23 in all three training matches played, Garba commends his boys but still believes there are more work to be done.

“I can say the first game against Hoffenheim was very, very competitive as they are a good side. I would say I was very impressed with the way the boys played as they were playing together after a long time.

“I was happy with the way they played, the way they kept the ball and they scored five fantastic goals despite the fact that we had a few mistakes especially in our recovery and failing to convert some chances. These are some of the things we are now trying to address before the World Cup.

Also read: Flying Eagles is FIFA U20 W/Cup youngest team

“The second game we played was better than the first, although the opposition was not as stiff as that of the first game.

“But we were able to perfect all our movements in that game. We scored some fantastic goals again and there was an improvement in the ball circulation.

“Taiwo Awoniyi played 35 minutes in the first game and 45 minutes in the second game and he scored six goals.

“This means we are getting there attack wise, but we still need to work on our defence. This is where we need to work on before the World Cup kicks off.

“The mental speed of the players – they do recover in good time, but they often fail to do the marking when it matters most, to close up on the opposition. But I believe before the World Cup, the defence will be a lot tighter because we will surely work on those areas. This is the major weakness of this team.

“The match against Freiburg was our best game because we created so many chances even though we failed to convert most of them.

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