The elimination of the Flying Eagles from the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand with a 1-0 loss to German opponent has attracted different reactions from disappointed Nigerians.
Levin Oztunali’s first half goal at the Christchurch Stadium took Germany through to the last eight of the competition at the expense of the Nigerians.
Ultimately, the European side were deserved winners against the Group E runners-up, as the Africans were unable to create meaningful chances in the Thursday morning match.
Different Nigerians in some parts of the country expressed displeasure in an interview with Channels Television over the Flying Eagles’ performances.
Flying Eagles Head Coach, Manu Garba, attributed the loss to loss of concentration, which he said gave the Germans a chance to score.
The disappointed Coach further stressed that he believed his players had learnt a lot from the game and a big lesson in general from the tournament.
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has applauded the Flying Eagles despite the defeat, noting that the positives should be considered in such cases.
The exit of the Flying Eagles has left Africa’s hope of winning the FIFA U20 World Cup on Mali and Senegal who have both qualified for the quarter finals.