Abuja - Sunshine Queens’ coach, Michael Eluemeka, has decried the team’s performance at the semi final of the 2012 Confederations Cup as shocking and embarrassing.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the Sunshine Queens of Akure, who were last years’ runner up, lost 1-2 to Inneh Queens of Edo on Thursday to lose the ticket for the final.
Eluemeka told NAN after the match that the performance was the worst the team put up since he took up the job as coach.
"The way my girls performed this evening was very poor and I must say that I got a negative side of my team since I started coaching them.
"I was shocked from the onset and it continued till the end of the match that they didn’t play as a team at all.
"I was so disappointed but we will go back and see what really transpired because I know some inner wranglings happened in the team but that notwithstanding I expected a fine game.
"Despite that, one of the opponents’ players was sent off and we played against 10 players, we were still not able to play anything.
"The only thing left for us now is to go back and prepare for the third place,’’ he said.
On his part, Coach Kenneth Aigbe of Inneh Queens attributed the team’s victory to dedication and discipline.
He said "the players gave us what we got today because they were determined and disciplined.
"They took to instructions and have been doing well in trainings, besides some of them are in the national team, so I actually expected the best from them," he said.
The coach added that the team was in good shape to win the title.
"I expected a good game in the final and I am sure the better side will win. But we are in a good shape to win the title and I pray God will give us the victory.
NAN reports that Inneh Queens will meet Rivers Angels in the final, which will be preceded by the third place between Sunshine Queens and Ibom Angels who lost 0-4 to Rivers Angels.
Both matches will be played at the FIFA Goal Project on December 1.