Distraught Eagles lose sleep

Distraught at giving up a last minute goal that cost them qualification to next year's African Nations Cup, Super Eagles players found sleep hard to come by on Saturday night.

The squad left for London on Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday's friendly match against Ghana, and most of the squad players and officials alike, looked dreary-eyed

"I couldnt sleep," assistant coach Simon Kalika said. "I kept thinking about the game and how we let it go."

Obinna Nsofor said it took him until 4am to get some shut-eye

"It was hard to sleep. This is a nightmare for all of us," he said.

Skipper Joseph Yobo was equally infected with the insomnia bug

"It was impossible to sleep. It was almost like I was playing the game over and over again in my head.

"We did everything right until the last minute. We created at least 7 chances, and we should have ended the game in the first half.

"We defended well, we did not allow them to play. But they scored with two chances, especially the second goal when we were pushing for a third goal.

"We want to say sorry to Nigerians. Now we have to pick ourselves up and and look forward."

The story was the same with all the other players, as sleep eluded them.

But the team are determined to go some way in making amends in Tuesday's friendly against Ghana.
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