Thursday Jun 11, 2015. 14:08
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has conceded Germany’s superiority over his team on Thursday, saying the European champions deserved their 1-0 win in an U20 World Cup Round of 16 match.
Germany progressed to face Mali on Sunday for a place in the semifinals.
“Germany deserved to win, they played very well,” admitted Manu.
“You win, draw or lose. We lost despite our high expectations. We wanted the cup and we’re now out. We had a bad day and are disappointed to go home so early.
“In the first half, our main striker was mostly on his way as he did not enjoy much support from those on the wings.
“We have learnt that the U20 is much higher level than what you have at U17, but most importantly we learnt that if your lost concentration, it could cost you dearly.”
Goalkeeper Joshua Enaholo kept Nigeria in the game especially in the first half when he pulled off at least two big saves.
And Manu praised the goalkeeper, whose two blunders cost Nigeria the group game against Brazil last week.
“He had a great game. His view was blocked by a defender for the goal by Germany, but otherwise he was wonderful,” remarked the coach.