Former Flying Eagles coach John Obuh has opined that the Nigeria U20 team got carried away, hence their 2-4 loss to Brazil in their opening fixture of the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Obuh, who has led Nigeria to two U20 World Cups believes having come from a goal down to level the score at 2-2 at half time, the players must have thought their job was done.
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"I think they probably got carried away," Obuh told sl10.ng.
"Having come from a goal down to tie at 2-2 at half time, they must have thought the job was done.
"They thought it was game over, forgetting that a team like Brazil can use just five minutes to get what they want.
"I think it's a psychological thing because it shouldn't have happened," Obuh posited.
The former Golden Eaglets coach also went on to say most of the Nigerian players just didn't show up on the day.
"Most of the players just couldn't get into the game," he said.
"A player like Kelechi Iheanacho for example was nowhere to be found. He should have been more involved in the game but it wasn't.
"It is always better to start a competition with a win or a draw at least because that gives the players some confidence going into the next game.
"But when you lose, most times, the players are frightened and corrections may not the effect because they don't want to make mistakes.
"The coaches must involve a lot of psychology now to get the players prepared for the next game," Obuh added.
- Soccer Laduma