Why Super Eagles Lost To Mali – Finidi George


Super Eagles interim coach, Finidi George blamed the team’s loss to Eagles of Mali on the unavailability of some his strikers in the warm-up game on Tuesday night.

Super Eagles under the tutelage of Finidi George on Friday beat Ghana in their first international friendly match after the African Nations Cup but could not repeat same performance as they lost 0-2 to Mali on Tuesday night in Marrakech, Morocco.

Speaking with NFF TV, Finidi whose win over Ghana boosted his chances of becoming the substantive Eagles Coach said lack of option in the attack forced them to play wide leading to their loss to Eagles of Mali.

“I think just few mistakes cost us the match. It was not a bad game, good intensity we had some good chances but didn’t score.

“And in a game like this if you fail to make use of your chances and made mistakes you will be punished for it.

“This is a team that keeps the ball very well but if we had our injured strikers available, we would have changed the one on the pitch immediately. Losing two strikers forced us to play wide and as aggressive team, we did all we can. And you know football is all about victory.

“Lost one and won one and we are not outplayed in the two matches gives me joy as a coach of the Super Eagles. I would have loved a different result in this game but that’s not the case but if we look at the performance of the players, it’s commendable.” He concluded.

African Best player, Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi, Victor Boniface were not part of the friendly matches due to injury.