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Algeria coach Schurmann thumbs up Nigeria, blames team after loss

14 December 2015, 11:55

Dakar - Football demands full focus through the entire duration of a match but a little lack of concentration may cost so much yet deny the losing team a second chance.

Algeria and Nigeria had the luxury of meeting twice in the same competition, the Nigerians however got the better of Algeria in their second meeting which had at stake the tournament's trophy.

The first meeting between the two finalist (Nigeria and Algeria) at the 2015 U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal ended in barren draw but both teams met yet again in the final and Nigeria's team led by ex-international, Samson Siasia came out with a 2-1 win to emerge as champions.

Also read: African U-23 championship: Victorious Dream Team VI returns on Monday

Algeria coach, Andre-Pierre Schurmann after the match praised Nigeria for the victory but he was quick to highlight what went wrong in his own camp.

"First, I congratulate Nigeria on the victory. I’m not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, because we had the game in hand. We played well. This is the highest level. In football, there are errors that can be very costly, and they cost us dearly. My players committed two individual errors that offered two goals to Nigeria. Now it's back to work and prepare well for upcoming competitions.

"The players understand the high demand for maximum concentration during games. In this final, we played well. We could have won. The penalty was not the turning point of the match, because after we had many opportunities. At this level of competition we must not give the opponent the means to flag as we did. I cannot say I'm satisfied, because a coach is never happy after a defeat especially in the final," said Andre-Pierre Schurmann.

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