Iheanacho couldn’t mark, says Manu

Coach of the Flying Eagles, Nigeria’s U20 team, Manu Garba has revealed some of the decisions he made during the just concluded FIFA World Cup.

Garba says he used Manchester City starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho sparingly because he couldn’t track back or mark when they were without the ball.

What irked Nigerians the most was that Iheanacho did not play at all in the 2nd round game against Germany but Garba explained why he made that decision to naijafootball247.com.

“In the match against Brazil Kelechi was not recovering very well to mark even though that was the role we gave to him to support the midfield and attack.

“But because he didn’t play that role well we decided to use Success later in the game against Germany even though the weather also affected him,” Garba said.

“We put the loss to Brazil behind us and decided to start our next games with the teams that played friendly matches before the World Cup and we won the next two group games.

“On the day of the game against Germany, it was three degrees centigrade and I believe the weather affected our team, even though people are using that loss to say things about us,” Garba said.

Lessons learned

Garba admits he has learned his lessons from coaching Nigeria at the World Cup and will be a different coach if he ever gets another opportunity.

“We have learned some things. A good student learns from experience.

“There are lots of things to consider, especially the fact that we did not have our foreign based players released to us on time. We had already registered them for the World Cup before their clubs released them to us,” Garba said.

“I have a good record with the national teams though as I have only lost three competitive games from my days at the Under seventeen team to the under twenties.”

Going forward

Manu Garba told naijafootball247.com that he believes the players in the Flying Eagles team are young and can go through the ranks to the Super Eagles.

“We were the youngest team at the tournament and I expect these boys to make a gradual progress up the ranks.

“I expect some of them to be at the All Africa Games this year and Olympic Games next year and also the Super Eagles in future,”

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