Nigeria Lose To USA 2-0 In FIFA U-20 Tourney

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles failed to repeat the win in their opening game against Qatar, by losing 2-0 to the USA at the second group stage game in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

Forward Sebastian Soto struck twice at both half’s for the USA, securing their first victory.

The USA proved a hard nut to crack throughout the encounter for the flying Eagles with several saves; substitute Aniekeme Okon’s ferocious full volley at the top of the area was saved by Brady Scott.

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That was followed by forward Maxell Effiom’s stinger from outside the right corner of the box which clipped the crossbar a minute later.

In the end the USA came out victorious, recording their first victory in the tournament, after losing 2-1 to Ukraine in their Group D opener.

Nigeria who won their opener against Qatar emphatically, will take on Ukraine in their final group game on Thursday, while the USA will play Qatar for a decider on who advances to the knockout stages.

Flying Eagles Coach, NFF Boss React To World Cup Exit

Flying EaglesThe 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.