National teams dominate Super 4

The two national teams invited to take part in the annual Super 4 tournament for top Nigerian clubs have dominated the first day of play.

The Nigeria U20’s completely outclassed and thrashed Enyimba, eventually winning 2-0

After a goaless first half, captain, Musa Mohammed converted a 62nd minute penalty before Musa Yahaya tore the Enyimba defence to shreds before putting ball behind Chijioke Ejiogu in the 92nd minute.

The Flying Eagles were reduced to 10 men when Prince Aggrey was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 57th minute yet the U20s continued to dominate play leading to the goals.

Sweden-based striker Taiwo Awoniyi was the major culprit as he fluffed chance after a chance.

“I know I missed lots of chances but like our coach always tells us that we must convert chances but if we fail, we should put it behind us immediately. I believe we will get better by the next game,” Taiwo Awoniyi said.

Manu Garba called it a good beginning for his side.

“In every tournament, the first game is always important. Enyimba is a good side, but we were fitter, faster and younger.

“We also missed a lot of chances and the story would have been different if we converted them all, but we are happy with the win,” Garba said.

Enyimba’s coach, Friday Christopher was all thanks to the League Management Company for organizing the Super 4.

“Today’s game was about building the team for the Champions League. The Flying Eagles pushed us because they were younger and ran us aground.

“We thank the LMC for this tournament or else we may not have had the kind of preparations we wanted,” Christopher said.

Enyimba’s captain blamed the money crisis that affected the team before the tournament.

“We just reported to camp. If your mind is not yet settled and you are not happy, it will surely unsettle you but we have put that behind us. We have resolved that we will play this tournament now we are here,” Udoji said.

U23s go past Warri Wolves

The Under 23 national team like their juniors, the U20s went past Warri Wolves as they won 2-1 in the 3rd game of the day.

Coach of the U23s, Fatai Amoo said after the game that they will still need to work on the team since it is a work in progress.

“We will need to work on all departments of the game to build a perfect team.

“Most of the players have not played at this level before and given more exposure they will do better,” Amoo said.

Warri Wolves coach, Paul Aigbogun expressed optimism that his side will do better with more games.

“It is our first game this year and we expect to get better with games.

“If you noticed we signed a couple of amateur players into our fold and the idea is to give young players an opportunity to express themselves,” Aigbogun said.

Dolphins fail to swim against Pillars

In the first game of the tournament, League champions, Kano Pillars thrashed Dolphins 2-0, both goals coming in the first ten minutes of the encounter.

Samuel Tswaya scored in the 6th minute and Christian Obiozor in the 9th but Okey Emordi, coach of Pillars insists the team still has some more work to do to be fully ready for their Champions League contest in February.
It’s not because won… thank God for that. I was unimpressed with the positional game of the players and their recovery after losing the ball. I expected more from my players.

“This competition is a prelude to our continental competition. We are lucky to have won the match anyway. IF it was Dolphins that got those early goals, then we would have been the losers.”

Pillars captain, Theophilus Afelokhai was of the impression that they are over their blues of the past three years where they failed to get to the group stage of the CAF Champions League

“In the past few Champions League we were knocked out early but that is a thing of the past. They were all due to lack of preparations. This time will be very different,” Afelokhai said.

“I knew we would not get our best from this tournament,” Dolphins coach, Eguma said.

“Fatigue from the journey was one factor, since we arrived just last night. We also fought hard but we missed chances.

“We had little preparations because the boys arrived late to camp but we will use the Super 4 to improve on our fitness,” Eguma said.

The Super 4 continues on Monday with three games.

Enyimba, who won the Federation Cup last season will start against Warri Wolves at 1pm.

Kano Pillars will play against the Flying Eagles in the 2nd match of the day while it will be Dolphins versus the U23s as 3rd match of the day
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