Super 4: Flying Eagles win tournament

Dolphins players leave the pitch after a loss
Nigeria’s Under 20 team, also known as the Flying Eagles have won the 2015 Super 4 after thrashing Dolphins 4-1 on Friday.

Taiwo Awoniyi scored first for the U20s in the 24th minute then Jonathan Zikiye put one behind his goalkeeper to make it 2-0, an own goal.

Bernard Bulbwa (49th) and Chidera Eza (92nd) also scored for the Flying Eagles.

Christian Pyagbara (52nd) pulled one back for Dolphins.

Worried that his side had not been able to score a goal in three games at the Super 4, Dolphins coach, Stanley Eguma decided to ring more changes, especially to his strike force.

With Ocheme Edoh and Christian Pyagbara giving way for Ghanaian attacker, Usen Ahmed and Liberian born David Jacques, things didn’t change and Jacques was taken off after 25 minutes for Christian Pyagbara.

Stanley Eguma of Dolphins continued to insist that it’s a building process for the team and he will go back to the drawing board.

“I won’t say I am very worried as a coach. There is nothing that has happened here that we cannot handle. We have experimented a lot here and that is the reason why we are losing. We have learned a lot and it has given me a chance to look at the players we will eventually sign,” Eguma said.

“We could have scored more goal than we did but my players lost a lot of scoring chances but the win is good for us eventually,” Manu Garba, coach of the Flying Eagles said after the game.

Dolphins ended the game with nine players after Victor Ezuruike and Tijani Adamu got sent off in 2 minutes for kicking out at their opponents.

Manu Garba added that he thought Warri Wolves, Enyimba and Pillars were more compact than Dolphins and the players of Dolphins were frustrated and thus delved into kicking his players.

“Having played against all four Nigerian clubs, I think Warri Wolves, Enyimba  and Kano Pillars are more compact than Dolphins. Dolphins play more of possession football that leave lots of spaces in between them.

“As regards the rough tackles, I think they we frustrated by the number of goals they conceded against much younger opponents. My players relaxed a bit or else they would have scored more goals when it was nine against eleven. No matter what, players should not lose their temper on the pitch,” Garba said.

Warri Wolves back on song

In the first game of the day, Warri Wolves got their first win of the tournament when they thrashed Kano Pillars 3-1.

Sikiru Adewale opened scores for Warri Wolves in the 13th minute and made it 2 in the 33rd minute before Mosquito scored a third for the Warri side.

Christian Obiozor pulled one back for Pillars.

Warri Wolves coach, Paul Aigbogun said after the game that results were beginning to show after all the hard work from his players

“We played very well even in the other games though we didn’t score. I think the good work has finally yielded fruit,” Aigbogun said.

Kano Pillars assistant coach, Ibrahim Bello simply said it is good his side is being disgraced now than later since they have time to work on the lapses noticed

“We have a big task next month in the CAF Champions League and it is better we lose and get disgraced now then then,” Bello said.

“We will certainly correct our mistakes of this game and this tournament.”

U23s draw again

In the second match of the day, the U23 team ended their encounter against Enyimba 1-1.

Andrew Abalogu opened scores for Enyimba in the 33rd minute before Jonathan Osondu equalized for the U23s in the 56th minute

Coach of the U23s, Fatai Amoo simply said his players are getting better

“We are getting better. From our perspective, the teams we are playing are taking the games more seriously knowing fully well you cannot come here and not win any game.

“Our boys are really coming up too. We are also getting better with more games played,” Amoo said.

Enyimba have not been scoring goals as much as they would have wanted to and assistant coach, Friday Christopher agrees they are in Abuja to pick out those faults.

He also admits they miss the services of Mfon Udoh, their top scorer from last season.

“That is why we are here. To see areas that we are weak and work on them,” Christopher said.

“Concerning Mfon Udoh, it is obvious we miss him because he was our top scorer last season but he is not here and there is nothing we can do about that,” Christopher said.

After four rounds of matches, the Flying Eagles have twelve points and will still remain at the top of the log no matter what result they get against the U23s on Sunday in the last round of matches.

The U23s remain in second place with 8 points from 4 games while Enyimba is 3rd, having amassed 7 points from 4 games.

Kano Pillars remain 4th with 4 points while Warri Wolves who won their first game on Friday still stay on 5th.

Dolphins are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table as they have no point from 4 games played

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