Ugbade, Omokaro urge F/Eagles to forge ahead after AFCON ouster
Golden Eaglets Assistant Coach, Nduka Ugbade, has Nigerians and the Flying Eagles to put behind the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia and forge ahead.
Ugbade said in an interview yesterday that the Flying Eagles should not dwell on its failure to qualify but to refocus and get back to their winning ways.
Ugbade, a member of the victorious 1985 Golden Eaglets, explained that though the team’s exit was painful, he would urge the team’s handlers to forge ahead by working harder.
The Nigerian U-20 team will be absent at the 20th edition of the biennial tournament in Zambia after they suffered a shock 3-4 loss to Sudan on Saturday in Lagos. The Flying Eagles had defeated the Sudanese 2-1 in Khartoum but was ousted on 5-5 aggregate scores which left Sudan to move ahead on away goals.
“It’s so unfortunate; I can imagine how these boys feel having gone that far but the truth is that, setbacks like these help purposeful teams to start planning and preparing for the future. It’s a game, at times you win and at times you lose, it’s just that it’s been long we suffered such a loss with our junior team,” the former defender said.
“Having won the first leg away from home a fortnight ago, many had expected the Flying Eagles to seal their place in Zambia in an emphatic style in Lagos.
“However, that was not the case as the more determined Sudanese carried the day.”
Similarly, Bright Omokaro, a former Super Eagles defender, said that the failure of the team to secure the qualifying ticket showed that there was need for the team to look inward. (NAN)