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Super Eagles: Fans task players, coach

22 January 2013, 09:30

Abuja - A cross section of Super Eagles Fans on Monday urged the players to "up their game" if they desired to proceed beyond the group stage of AFCON.

Some of them, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said Stephen Keshi must guide the players to bring out the best in them.

Godwin Bamigboye, Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association FCT chapter, said the team lacked cohesion and "spirit of team play".

"They may have done their best but it seems their best was not good enough because Nigerians expect more from them in this tournament," he said.

He however, expressed misgivings on the sending-off of Efe Ambrose, as according to him, that red card was unnecessary.

"Come to think of it, Ambrose would have been careful after the first yellow card in view of strategic position he covers,’’ he said.

Bamigboye advised the players to show greater discipline and resilience in their subsequent matches.

On the right strategy to adopt by Keshi, Bamigboye urged him to always use players that were fit for a particular match, saying "some of the players for the game do not appear fit for this match.’’

He further advised the coaching crew to impress it on the players to harp more on attacking football, adding that "the best form of defence is to continue to attack," he said.

Ahmed Hassan, said: "The god of soccer was not with the team today but there is still hope for the team."

"We lost so many chances that could have been converted; the players and especially the defenders were too relaxed.

"The players have tried because this is their first match and we the fans are hoping that Keshi will guide them to improve in the subsequent matches," he said.

Jeremiah Edeni, however, said the team did not perform to expectation, saying that "they did not show professional attitude toward the game".

According to him, the players must become consistent and purposeful to forestall early exit of the team from the tournament.

NAN report that the Super Eagles played 1-1 with the Burkina Faso.



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