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World Cup: Nigeria played technical match but too casual — Fans


“If we had started with two or three strikers up front I think we would have gotten a better result from this game,” Bamigboye said.

He, however, noted that the introduction of Osaze added more spark to the attack, adding that the striker needed more playing time in the team.

“I am sure coach Keshi saw his positive contributions and would hopefully introduce him in his starting line-up for the next game,” he said.

In Enugu, many Nigerians expressed mixed feelings over the match.

Some of the football fans told NAN in Enugu, shortly after the match that they were disappointment at the performance of the boys.

The Managing Director of the Enugu State Housing Development Authority, Chief Ikeje Asogwa, said the Eagles performance was `below expectation’.

“I think we (Super Eagles) started on a bad note. There was no flair; no creativity and they missed a lot of scoring chances.

“I wonder how they will cope with Bosnia in the next match. Besides, Keshi made wrong substitutions. He should be careful in subsequent matches,’’ he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said he expected a well coordinated and pushful forward that would have converted numerous scoring chances that came their way.

According to him, Iranians forced the Nigerian team to play their pattern of football.

“But a loss would have spelt doom for us. Let us see how the next match goes.”

A civil servant with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Ikem Odenigbo who also expressed disappointment with Eagles performance, however, expressed the hope that the next match against Bosnia might make a change.

“If Coach Keshi does his homework well and parades our best eleven, they might make a difference. After all, it is a game. You cannot predict what will happen,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, a viewing centre operator, Mr Tochukwu Oforbuzo, said most of his customers left about 20 minutes to the end of the match disappointed after stocking his freezers with assorted drinks.

“As a matter of fact, I made a loss as many of my customers left in annoyance. It is a shame. I pray that there will be a lot of improvement in subsequent matches,’’ he said. (NAN)

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