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'Nigeria underrated Tanzania'

Posted: 6 June 2011 Time: 14:49

Lillestrom midfielder Nosa Igiebor has admitted that the Under-23 team under rated Tanzania's Vijana Stars in the first leg second round game of their 2012 Olympic Games qualifier decided at the weekend in Dar-es-Salaam. 

Nigeria's Olympic team fell to their first defeat of the qualifying series following momentary lapse in concentration that led to a late goal from the Young Taifa stars star striker Ulimwengu Emmanuel with 8 minutes left.   “It’s sad, it’s kind of difficult to say but I think the main point here is that we underrated the boys and that's just the truth about it," Igiebor lamented. "When we looked at them we thought we won the game even before it started. I think that's just the only reason.    "If it comes to the game we were far better than them in everything, we had 18 chances at goal and could not convert anything. They had their only chance and they scored. I think we under rated the boys that’s just the big problem there.”   The midfielder who has four goals to his name so far in the qualifiers, appealed to Nigerians to put the defeat behind them promising that the return leg will be a different kettle of fish.   “I know Nigerians are disappointed right now. There is no excuse for failure, we failed and I apologise to Nigerians on behalf of my colleagues but I also want to promise Nigerians that the return leg will be a different ball game.    “We just want to promise them that we are going to kill them from the blast of the whistle. For everything that happened in Dar-es-Salaam we have learnt our lessons and we are happy that we have a chance to correct our mistakes,” he added.   The squad will arrive in the country by noon on Tuesday.   The return leg holds on June 18 in Benin City. 

Previous comments on this story...

Seye Ukr
posted: 03:03 pm
Seye Ukr
posted: 03:05 pm
Billion Original
posted: 03:10 pm
It's on record that Eguavoen led us to the first away defeat against Guinea with unprepared and less motivated players. Siasia has also made the same mistake of going to Ethiopia on the day of the match. It will be good if Nigerians will stop calling a coach their messiah when he's only defeated a less fancied B/C Team of Argentina. Poland also defeated the Argies - our celebration was ephemeral and should never have been until we have qualified for the NC. Do we always need to qualify holding our breath? If Siasia looses his credibility b4 2014 WC, he might lose his job!!

Billion Original
objective bibby
posted: 03:31 pm
@ Billion,
Good you pointed out that it was unprepared team. Forget not that it was FIFA's ban or no ban that caused the hullabaloo in Conakry.
Don't worry, SE will qualify with 13 points (either as top or best runners up) Siasia will not lose his job, even if that is your silent prayers.
The word.
posted: 03:48 pm
@Billion didnt we hold our breath when Amodu was in charge during the qualifying matches to the WC?. Did you forget if not that madagacar defeated tunisia in antanrivo we could not have qualify for WC. Please let the sleeping dog be. enough of this amodu this amodu that. amodu tenure has come and gone. his record will speak for him good or bad. this is siaisa's time.let him have a breathing space. anyway there is nothing someone like you or your group of 'bad bele" can do to stop him.pray from now till eternity, what will be will be. Nigerians that disapprove and approve both amodu and siasia are not fools, and they know better than you and your group.

To me BILLION is Amodu himself or someone that benefited so much from his useless tenure as SE coach.
posted: 04:22 pm
NO, you did not underrate tanzania, rather what happened was that we had our chances but the forward line led us done, ighalo in particular he missed chance after chance, eguavoen should tell himself the truth, ighalo and some other players like harmony ikande, daniel uchechi, fatai kehinde and sone aluko are not up to the task, they are being overrated.
posted: 05:58 pm
I can swallow the draw result between the SE vs Ethiopia......
But to Eguaveon! Bros, no excuse!!! Don't come and tell Nigerians stories of a bad pitch, poor officiating, crowd hostilities, hard and soft-studs, etcetera...etcetera!
You have the best boys, best training programme, official support, plus enough egunje.. A good team is a good team anywhere!
Your team can not be winning by 5 and 6 goals at home and yet struggle at away matches. Eguaveon must work harder. Did he not know that Tanzania eliminated Cameroun? Did he request for the tapes of those matches?
When you plan poorly, you don't need a prayer because you will reap what you sowed.
The current predicament of Super Eagles was started by Austin Egauveon when he led a team of poorly motivated Eagles to a 1-0 defeat in Guinea. Now, we are in a similar mess. No, we need Coaches that can think smart and work very hard!

God no dey Sleep!!!
posted: 06:12 pm
Well said *The Word... Leave that rabid retarded sadist to keep rotting in his hate. He hates everything around him. Can't even tell the difference between chick and duck.
Keep up the support coz we have already qualified.
However u made a mistake in ur comment. It was Mozambique that beat Tunisia,not Madagascar

posted: 08:34 pm
Fearful people are in the habit of trading their fears so others can buy. I want to advice forumites who are not just Nigerians, but patriotic and faith filled Nigerians, to ignore those whose stock in trade is to spread baseless their ill conceived fears on this forum.
It beats me hollow when a man who is fond of ending each post with a qoute refering to living by faith is even the chief architec of this demonically inspired way of life.
Please, note that not all who make comments on this site are humans. Some do their postings from the cementary!
These set are the same people who said SE can never qualify for SA 2010. They are at it again. Why don't we simply IGNORE them, while we maintain our optimism born of real faith.
What if we don't qualify? Ehen, it cannot change who we are as a people, our national pride, and our well documented achievements in the round leather game.
Siasia's success is my success. I only see him succeesing. I see the Eagles soaring higher and higher, with or without qualifying for the cup of nations.
For those narrow minded Ghanains and South Africans, who like to run their mouth without thinking, I don't blame you; you are only advertising your ignorance for our acknowledgment. We truly and absolutely acknowledge your ignorance.
If you are a true fan of the Eagles you will support the team with the same passion with which you support your European teams, whether the win or loose.
posted: 08:40 pm
I meant to say succeeding, please.
posted: 03:39 am
Ogunefon (mosquito coil) or wetin den call am, is a useless coach. if e still want his job we hill use the best player and forget about Edo connexion
Ighodalo na him go make am lose him job
posted: 03:44 am
Na over confident make them lose to Tanzania. Good ridance to bad rubish. For me the coach, Ogun efon (Mosquito Coil) na yeye coach. He cant even read match talkless of coaching proper.
He had poaching players from SE but his problem is how does blend them to play as a team.The idiots that gave him the job should be blame. We are waiting for return leg to know what to do to him. Mr Mosquito Coil
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