- Fanny Amun blames ill-luck for team’s exit
BY PAUL EREWUBA AND JUDITH NWABIA
DEFENDING U-20 AFCON Champions, Nigeria were yesterday thrown out of the race for the CAF U20 AFCON billed for Zambia and by extension the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup billed for South Korea also in 2017 by a 10-man Sudanese side.
The Amuneke tutored side was beaten 4-3 in front of their home fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. The Flying Eagles had in the first leg in Sudan beaten the Sudanese Junior Falcons 2-1 bringing scores to 5-5 but the defeat saw the Nigerians edged out on away superior goals in favour of the North East African side.
Despite the exit of Nigeria, Fanny Amun, a former Flying Eagles coach said inexperience and ill-luck were responsible for the team’s ouster.
“The Flying Eagles ouster is unfortunate but I must say our boys played well but ill luck robbed them of victory. However, I will advise the NFF not to discard the team but to still work on the boys because there are many good players in the team that can still do Nigeria proud in the future.”
The Kelechi Nwakali captained side started the first half on a good note with well coordinated ball possession.
The fine runs of the Amuneke coached side paid off in the 15th minute when Samuel Chukwueze beat Sudanese goal keeper, Ishag Adam Abdalla with a low left foot drive inside the 18 yard box, to put Nigeria one goal up.
However, the tempo of the game changed with the Sudanese marking the Nigerians man to man.
Their aggressive input paid off and gave them an equalizer through Mjad Ahmed who beat goalkeeper Akpan Udoh with a header inside Nigeria’s box.
With the Flying Eagles taking another good control of the game, Funsho Bamgboye put the Eagles up in the 27th minute.
The score stood thus when in the 43rd minute Sudan through Khalid Abdelmoneim equalized 2-2 for Sudan with the first half standing at 2-2.
On resumption of the second half, the Young Falcons came out more forcefully with good defense and attack and their effort paid off when in the 62nd minute Ramadan Elakevkapou put his side ahead 3-2. He was later sent off for bad tackle.
A minute after he was sent off, substitute Orji Okonkwo equalised for Nigeria to make it 3-3 and in the 83rd minute the bubble burst for Flying Eagles with an own goal against Nigeria which put the score at 4-3.
Source : SunOnline