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Siasia blasts Manu Garba’s “poor tactics”

11 June 2015, 15:14

Lagos - Former Nigeria U20 coach Samson Siasia has lamented the poor tactics which cost Nigeria a place at the quarter finals of the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Siasia, who led Nigeria to a second place finish at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2005, said the Manu Garba led team didn’t play to win, after they were overrun 1-0 by Germany in the round of 16 to end Nigeria’s hopes of finally lifting the coveted U20 World Cup.

“It just wasn’t there today at all. The guys just didn’t come out to play for a win. When you’re playing against the Germans, you have to come out aggressively, keep possession of the ball and create chances to score but we didn’t do all that today.

Also read: Flying Eagles crash out of FIFA U-20 W/Cup

“We kept marking the Germans five yards away, which gave them the time and space to turn around with the ball, dribble and create chances.

“Just check the number of chances they created and you will realize that they could have beaten us by three or four goals today.

“They scored just one goal but they created a lot of chances but how many chances did we have? We didn’t create much because the tactics was poor.

“With the formation we deployed, just one striker but there was no support going forward and we didn’t create chances.

“It was just Awoniyi going forward and there was no support. He should have changed that by introducing Moses and Iheanacho, but he (Manu) brought in a defensive midfielder when we were losing,” Siasia lamented.

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