By Peter Enyinda

Former Nigerian football player, Eddy Dombraye has explained why the Flying Eagles did not go far in the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1999.

As the host nation, expectations were very high and many believed that the team would win the trophy on the home soil, but these hopes were dashed as they were knocked out in the second round.


Dombraye told NigerianFootballer.com that it would be difficult to state what exactly went wrong with the team.

“The team was made up of individual players who were doing great jobs in their respective clubs,” Dombraye told NigerianFootballer.com.

“Honestly, I can’t pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the team. I joined the team in Abidjan and I saw a lot of good players in the team, but as a unit, we did not do well,” Dombraye said.


The former LKS Lodz of Poland striker also admitted that he had a bad outing throughout the tournament.

“Many people expected me to perform excellently because of my individual talent and ability.

“When I came back, a lot of players were happy that I was part of the team and even when we arrived in Lagos, the reception I received was positive and the journalists that were there were also very happy that I was part of the team,” he said.

He cited overconfidence on the part of the players as one of the reasons.

“I think there was too much confidence on our part and this was part of the reasons that cost us a place in the late stages of the tournament.

“I think what generally went wrong was that we were too confident because of the crop of players that were in the team,” Dombraye said.

The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship took place in Nigeria between April 3 and April 24, 1999. it was the 12th edition of the tournament

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