Super 4: The Flying Eagles show resumes in Abuja

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Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba
The
Flying Eagles show resumes at the Abuja National Stadium today as Nigeria’s U20
side take on Warri Wolves in the Super 4.
The
Flying Eagles, as the U20s are called have confounded opponents, fans and
journalists with their brand of football that has been a delight to watch.
The
U20s beat Enyimba 2-0 on match day 1 and then Kano Pillars 2-1 on match day 2.
Coach
of the side, Manu Garba who has been receiving plaudits for the good work he
has done with the U20s explains his brand of football to naijafootball247.com.
“My
philosophy is total football. We play the high pressing while we let every
player exploit any given space,” Garba said.
“If
you watch the Dutch team of the late 70s, the Spanish side or Bayern Munich, we
are a team that likes to build up from the rear. We play a passing game but not
route one. We like to be flexible. So our philosophy is total football,” he
told naijafootball247.com.
Their
opponents on the day, Warri Wolves have played without two of their top
defenders, Azubuike Egwueke and Ike Thankgod who had been with the team for the
past five years.
Coach
of the side, Paul Aigbogun says they will surely miss both of them
“It doesn’t matter if its Chelsea, Manchester United or Warri Wolves but any team
that loses two players like that will feel it. They have both been the mainstay
of our defence for the last five years so we are feeling their absence,”
Aigbogun said.
“It’s
a transition but at some point or sometime we knew we would lose them and we
have to move on.”
Warri
Wolves have no points after two games having lost to the Under 23 team on match
day 1 and then Enyimba on match day 2.
Kano Pillars v
U23s
In
the second game of the day Kano Pillars will be up against the Under 23
national team
Pillars
coach, Okey Emordi told naijafootball247.com that it is possible his players underrated
the Flying Eagles on Monday.
“It’s
possible they did. I’m not in their mind. It is possible they underrated them. I
can’t say much about that but one thing I know is that we did not play as I expected
in the first half, but maybe they underrated the team,” Emordi said.
Meanwhile,
Fatai Amoo who is in charge of the U23s at this tournament says his team is
learning a lot from playing the games and believes it will help them when they
start their All Africa Games Qualifiers.
“We
have learned so many thing and we will look at the positives so at the end of
the day we will use this experience in our own competition,” Amoo said.
Dolphins v Enyimba
It
will be battle royale at five o clock as Dolphins take on Enyimba.
Dolphins
have lost both games played so far, 2-0 to Kano Pillars and 1-0 to the U23s and
Stanley Eguma, coach of the side says he is not comfortable that Dolphins are
yet to score a goal after two games. He also says Sunday Rotimi will be dropped
for today’s game
“Rotimi
is a good goalkeeper but he has made series of mistakes in recent games and
maybe he needs a rest. It’s time we try another goalkeeper and see how it pans
out,” Eguma said.
“I
also think he has a lot of psychology so if he gets a good rest he will be back
and better,” Eguma said.
“It’s
also a problem to me that we haven’t scored. It is my problem and I will find a
solution to it.”
The
Flying Eagles currently top the table with 6 points from 3 matches. They are
closely followed the U23s who also have 6 points but an inferior goals
difference.
Kano
Pillars are in 3rd place with 3 points while Enyimba is 4th
having also amassed 3 points.
Warri
Wolves and Dolphins have no points, but Dolphins who are yet to score a goal
lie at the bottom of the 6 team table.

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