Super 4: Flying Eagles win again, Dolphins yet to score

U23 team coach, Fatai Amoo
Nigeria’s U20 team, also known as the Flying Eagles continued their winning streak in the Super 4 after beating Warri Wolves 1-0 on Wednesday.

Captain Musa Mohammed scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute of the encounter.

After the game, Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba told naijafootball247.com that they missed lots of scoring chances

“We lost a lot of scoring chances, especially in the second half. You know some of these players are very anxious to score, but we have always told them to be composed in front of goal when they have an attempt.

“Above all, it is very good we are making these mistakes now and not in a major tournament. We will certainly rectify these lapses,” Garba said.

Warri Wolves assistant coach, Sam Okpodu pointed out that his team have improved a lot since the Super 4 started

“We did a lot better this time in terms of ball possession and we will continue to improve on this.

“We came into session two weeks before this tournament and we know the Flying Eagles were in camp long before us so I will say our performance was okay,” Okpodu said.

“This is good for us. We lost now and with little errors that can be worked on. The main goal for us is the international event. We would have loved to win this one, but it is okay, seeing what the guys are doing,” Okpodu told naijafootball247.com.

U23s and Pillars draw

The Super 4 recorded its first draw as the encounter between Kano Pillars and the U23 national team ended 1-1.

Christian Obiozor scored for Kano Pillars in the 31st minute and the U 23 team equalized from the penalty spot through Yahaya Adamu in the 68th minute

Assistant coach of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Bello said he was impressed with their play. He however questioned the referee of the day.

“I am not too happy with the performance of the referee but aside that, I am very impressed with the way my boys played today,” Bello said.

“We have little improvement in play because we are now getting into our rhythm so my overall team play has improved,” Bello said.

“Our objective here is to assess our players ahead of our main qualifiers next month so if we do not win, head won’t roll. We just want a team for the All Africa Games Qualifiers and that is what we are working on,” U23 coach, Fatai Amoo said.

Dolphins lose yet again

For Dolphins FC, playing in the CAF Confederation Cup it was three games, three loses and no goals scored in the Super 4 as a 16th minute goal from Chinonso Okonkwo gave Enyimba a 1-0 win over the Port Harcourt based side.

Stanley Eguma of Dolphins did not show up for the post match conference and no reason was given for his absence.

However, Enyimba coach, Friday Christopher said his team was improving with every match

“We are beginning to become the Enyimba you used to know. All four clubs here are using this tournament to prepare and we are delighted with what is going on here.

“All this is dress rehearsal for the key game on February 15 in the CAF Champions’ League. We just believe that we will do enough here after five games to be ready for the big one,” Christopher said.

The Flying Eagles top the table with 9 points from 3 matches, the U23s are 2nd on the table with 7 points from 3 games. Enyimba have 6 points from 3 games and are 3rd.

Pillars lie in 4th place with 4 points from 3 games.

Warri Wolves and Dolphins both have no point but Warri Wolves are placed 5th as they have a better goals aggregate than the Port Harcourt based side.



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