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Swazi coach admits NPFL stars disrupted game plan

18 November 2015, 12:10

Port Harcourt - After falling to Nigeria's Super Eagles 2-0 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka stadium in Port Harcourt, Swaziland Coach Harries Bulunga, has admitted that the inclusion of local league players in the Eagles line-up halted their game plan.

After a much celebrated barren draw in the first leg in Swaziland, the Sihlangu Somnikati were high on confidence, going into the second leg but goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose ensured the former African Champions, Nigeria move to the group stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Also read: Super Eagles beat Swaziland in W/Cup qualifier

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh took a bold step to change the mix from the first leg starting lineup, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was replaced by Sunshine Stars of Akure midfielder, Paul Onobi whose performance was outstanding, Sharks FC defender, Chima Akas also started ahead of France based Elderson Echiejile from the left back, while Abia Warriors defensive midfielder started ahead of Turkey based Godfrey Oboabona.

Harries Bulunga however revealed that it was obvious that the Super Eagles midfielders were slow in the first leg and he planned to take advantage of that in the second leg but the new players halted his plans.

"In the first leg, we discovered that the Super Eagles midfielders were very slow and that gave us a reason to take advantage of that but what the new players introduced today halted our plans,” Harries Bulunga said after the match.

"We just couldn't take control from the midfield because the new player (Paul Onobi) introduced frustrated us. The left back was another planned space we wanted to take advantage of but Nigeria were also strong in that position. I think the inclusion of these players gave Nigeria the edge,” Harries Bulunga stated.

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