Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | African Youth Championships

© Action Images

Eaglets too proud against Elephants



Prime FC coach, Yekini Ayodeji has said Nigeria's Golden Eaglets paid the prize of pride in their Group B Matchday 2 encounter against Cote d Ivoire at the ongoing Africa Under-17 Championship in Morocco.

The Nigerians who have maintained 100% record previously in all competitive matches were piped 0-1 by the more purposeful Ivorians in Marrakech on Wednesday.

Ayodeji said Eaglets allowed the group's opening 6-1 win against Ghana's Black Starlets to overwhelmed them as they failed completely to offer the vital challenge to the more enterprising Ivorians.

"I think after the 6-1 win against Ghana they're already looking at themselves as champions even before the championship ends and they paid dearly for it.

"They're lackadaisical throughout the encounter and never created not to talk of converting any chance at goal.

"Their approach in today's (Wednesday) game was 100% wrong. Its so bad that you're tempted to ask whether this was same team that overran Ghana. The Ivorians were clearly the better of both sides.

"Thank God this wasn't the knockout stage, good too, it happened now there is room for correction if not it would've been a complete disaster," he said to supersport.com.

Ayodeji said Eaglets must go all out to grab a win in its group's last game against Congo to cement a spot in the World Cup party.

"What happened in the tie against Cote d Ivoire is a big lesson and I hope they've learnt from it.

"Of course, they must go all out to win against Congo to guarantee passage to the semifinals as well as the World Cup.

"Though draw may still see them through to the last four but they must be mindful of the head to head rule in case they tied on points with Cote d' Ivoire. So the way around it is to win against Congo.

"They didn't create chance at goal against the Ivorians so they must rediscover their goalscoring ability when they face Congo at the weekend," he said.

Nigeria has lost the group's top spot to Cote d' Ivoire and must defeat Congo on Saturday to be certain of progression into the next stage of the biennial cadet football fiesta.

The semifinalists at the Morocco 2013 CAN Under-17 event will qualify to represent Africa at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the months of October and November.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Match For Peace - 2014
Mon, 01 Sep @ 05:00
Mon, 01 Sep @ 17:00

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Where are Kenya's strikers?
I was watching the English Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea on Saturday night and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...