U20 Boys continue Super 4 dominance

Enyimba (Blue) versus Warri Wolves
The brand of football played by the National U20 side, known as the Flying Eagles have continued to confound opponents at the Super 4 tournament in Abuja

On Saturday, the Flying Eagles ran Enyimba aground, eventually winning 2-1 and on Monday, they inflicted similar damage to Kano Pillars, running out 2-1 winners.

“We played against three time league champions, Kano Pillars who love to play possession football but they met my side who love to hold the ball more than they do.

“I hope Kano Pillars have learned a lot from this game and I give kudos to my players for a job well done,” Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba said after the game.

Suleiman Abdulahi opened scores for the Flying Eagles in the 22nd minute before Musa Mohammed headed behind his goalkeeper to draw level for Kano Pillars in the 32nd minute.

In the 34th minute, Taiwo Awoniyi made it 2-1 the Flying Eagles who even had the luxury of missing a penalty later in the game.

Kano Pillars coach, Okey Emordi was not too happy at a question thrown at him during the post-match conference but calmed down soon after to explain the loss

“Why are you asking me if I am ashamed that my team lost to the Flying Eagles? Why should I be ashamed? Are they not human beings?” Emordi barked out at a journalist who asked a question.

After he had calmed down, he tried to explain the loss.

“The team did well. It is a continuous exercise. You keep on building the team until you get it right. It wasn’t a bad day for us, but there are certain issues we need to address at the end of it,” Emordi said.

Enyimba manage a win over Warri Wolves

In the first game of the day, Enyimba beat Warri Wolves 1-0, a 15th minute penalty converted by Ifeanyi George

After the game, Enyimba’s coach, Friday Christopher continued to insist they are simply in the competition to prepare for the CAF Champions League

“We are still trying to fashion out a team to play in the CAF Champions League so we are not even thinking of winning this tournament.

“We won today and we thank God, but we know we are still experimenting on the players,” Christopher said.

For head coach of Warri Wolves, Paul Aigbogun, there was no disappointment with the fact that they have lost both games so far.

He said they were in Abuja to experiment ahead of the big one next month, saying there is still a lot of work to be done

“It doesn’t matter if we have lost both games. We are here to prepare for the continent. Last year Enyimba won all their games and were still knocked out early from the CAF Champions League.

“The important thing is that our players are getting games ahead of the big game next month and we are learning from every game we play,” Aigbogun said.

Dolphins FC lose again

In the final match of the day, Dolphins FC played better than they did on the opening day but still lost 1-0 to the Under 23 team.

The goal was scored in the 61st minute by Newman Doubra.

Under team coach, Fatai Amoo did not look down on the losers.

“We know Dolphins as a strong side even though they lost their first game. The essence of this tournament is to pick the best players from our pool so we had to rotate in order to use as many players as possible.

“It was a tough game, tougher than the first one and we are happy we won,” Amoo said.

Dolphins head coach, Stanley Eguma insisted his boys had improved from the first game and did not deserve to lose.

“There is a little bit of progress in our game. We have not reached our peak since we only started training exactly a week ago. This is all part of preparation.

“I also do not agree that because we lost both games and haven’t scored a goal, it means we are not improving.

“In the last game we virtually ran round the field but today we made our opponents run. We have not scored a goal yet but we will,” Eguma said.

All six team will rest on Tuesday and competition resumes on Wednesday for match day 3 fixtures.

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