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.
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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
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