Nigeria's Golden Eaglets smashed past Brazil to reach the semi-final of the World Cup
Monday Nov 02, 2015. 08:03
Golden Eaglets of Nigeria coach Emmanuel Amuneke has stated his team’s 3-0 win over Brazil in the quarterfinal of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile is a massive boost to their title aspirations.
Amuneke said the team played well and deserve to beat favourites Brazil.
"Is not like we scored three goals and that was it. Before that, our side had 15 very good minutes, when they moved the ball around as we knew they could,” said the former Barcelona star.
“You have to give credit to my kids, who were tranquil and kept their cool to deal with the Brazil pressure and then scored at the right time.
“For them, to beat Brazil is a big confidence boost. We still have a long way to the title, though."
Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu, on the other hand, said his team lost to Nigeria because they failed to put away their chances.
He said Nigeria utilised their chances and that was the difference.
"We knew it was important for us to make the most of our opportunities, especially if we dominated the game at some point, but we didn't,” he lamented.
“Their goals were scored in only five minutes because of specific chances, not because we were not balanced. We would like to have put Nigeria behind on the scoreboard, but we failed to score.
“For these kids, everything that has happened here is part of their learning process."