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Manu Garba admits his team is yet to hit top form

05 June 2015, 11:10

New Plymouth - Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has admitted his team are not yet at their best despite hammering North Korea 4-0 to get their U20 World Cup campaign in New Zealand back on track on Thursday.

Two goals by Godwin Saviour and goals too from Kingsley Sokari and Isaac Success condemned North Korea to their second thrashing at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth after they crashed 5-1 to Hungary on Monday.

But Manu says his team still isn't in their best form.

“We have not got into our groove yet, we are only picking up gradually,” Manu admitted at a press conference after the win over the Asians.

The former Golden Eaglets coach also praised the Koreans for stepping up their game against the African champions after they fell woefully to Hungary on Monday.

Also read: Manu Garba hails team after emphatic 4-0 win

“They gave a good account of themselves, they were lot better than they were against Hungary as they possessed the ball very well, but they have to improve in their finishing,” he remarked.

Manu said he would have loved to have more than four goals on Thursday.

The winners and runners-up in Group E could well be decided on goals difference after Hungary trounced the North Koreans on the opening day and Brazil are expected to massacre the Asians on Sunday in Christ Church.

“I would have loved that we won this game (vs Korea) by six, seven goals,” lamented Manu.

“All the same, the victory was most important for us.

“And on Sunday our final group game against Hungary will be a must-win,” he concluded.

-Soccer Laduma

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