Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flying Eagles of Nigeria loss in a friendly

Flying Eagles Coach
 Flying Eagles of Nigeria coach, John Obuh, has admitted his team’s 2-1 loss to Egypt in a warm-up match in Dubai is a signal that he has a lot more work to do.
Stanley Okoro pulled a goal back in the second half after the Young Pharaohs of Egypt took a two-goal lead via a controversial penalty Friday afternoon.
“It was not a bad team performance, but it also showed that we have not arrived and that we need to work a lot harder,” Obuh told
“But there is no reason to panic because we know that there is a lot of room for improvement.”
The Flying Eagles, who are preparing for this year’s African Youth Championship, had to deal with the remarkable weather change between cold Turkey, where they have been training for the past three weeks, and hot Dubai.
“The players were panting as a result of the hot weather as they were already used to the cold in Turkey,” explained Obuh.
"We hope we could play our next match here (against Saudi Arabia) in the night.
“We only trained once in Dubai because of flight delays. But all the same, we are not making any excuses.”
Newcastle United reserves player, Sam Ameobi, was one of 14 players who tasted action in this match. Ameobi played 25 minutes as a substitute.
“It was a bit difficult for the new player. He played well but lost a lot of energy because of the heat,” remarked the Under-20 team handler.
Egypt will, like the Flying Eagles, feature in the AYC.
“They were more determined to win this friendly. I believe this was their best performance and they had the advantage of having being in Dubai for a longer time and so coped well with the heat,” said Obuh.
The Flying Eagles will play their Saudi Arabia counterparts on Sunday in another tune-up match before heading home the following day.

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