Super Eagles coach, Daniel Amokachi, has stated his disappointment with the home-based team’s performance during Monday’s friendly against the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, despite a 5-2 victory.
The Eagles had to come from behind twice before finally overpowering their opponents and for Amokachi, such comebacks may be near impossible when they are playing against a tough side like Cote D’ Ivoire or Sudan in a few days’ time in Dubai.
“If you concede such an early goal against an experienced side like Cote D’ Ivoire you will be in trouble because you will have to chase the game all day,” Amokachi said after the match.
He noted that the Super Eagles players showed signs of heaviness, adding that more work needed to be done before the team travels out later this week.
In the friendly played at the Abuja stadium, the NYSC side scored the first goal of the match under two minutes through Omefe Ifeanyi who slotted the ball into the net from close range.
The goal jolted the national team to reality and four minutes later, Mfon Udoh equalized.
However, the NYSC team will not let go, as they again took the lead through Eugene Utom in the 6th minute after another defensive mix-up that forced Amokachi to pull out experienced defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe, who was apparently the culprit of the gaps noticed in the backline.
The Super Eagles seemed to wake up after that change with Nelson Ogbonna curtailing the daring runs of the NYSC strikers; while teen sensation, Kingsley Sokari, equalized in the 18th minute with a neatly struck goal.
Sokari added his second of the day in the 21st minute after a neat interchange of passes with in-form Heartland of Owerri winger, Stanley Dimgba.
Two minutes to the end of the first half, Mfon Udoh got also his second of the morning, after Gambo had done the hard part of the job. The first half thus ended 4-2.
Only one goal was scored in the second half and it was from the boots of Osas Ighodalo in the 85th minute.