Friday, May 18, 2012

KESHI BLASTS EAGLES Despite 2-0 win over MFM

KESHI BLASTS EAGLES  Despite 2-0 win over MFM

THE Super Eagles on Thursday put up a spirited second half performance to defeat Nationwide Division 2 side Mountain of Fire And Miracles (MFM), Abuja 2-0, but Head Coach Stephen Keshi, said after the game that he was appalled by the display of his team, because according to him they did not play like a national team in the first half.

The game which was played at the Practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, started on a rather tepid note for the Eagles, who started the game with the Possibles. Dan Akpeyi, was in goal, Hamza Onwuemenyi, Nura Mohammed, Samson Pius, Emma Nwachi and Turkey based Ehigho Ehiosun spearheading the attack.

Several chances were created in the half but were wasted with Pius, Gbolahan Salami and Hussein Hassan as the chief culprits.The half ended goaless to the delight of MFM Coach Monday Cornelius.

In the second half, Keshi rolled out the Probables and it had an immediate effect as Ejike Uzoenyi, Obinna Nwachukwu, Kalu Uche and Izu Azuka took the fight to the opposition in the early stages of the half. It resulted in a simple tap in goal by Azuka in the 65th minute after Ejike’s trade mark run on the flank, this time from an unfamiliar right flank.

After that goal, Azuka who was not feeling too fine, was pulled out for Sunday Mba, who ensured that the prressure on the amateur side was sustained. It resulted in a penalty in the 75minute, when Kalu, was pulled down inside the area and Ejike stepped out to tap the ball into the net.

It could have been a deluge of goals but the players took things rather too easy to the chagrin of Keshi, who ordered them back to training on Thursday evening for playing below par.

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