July 16, 2018

Why Eagles lost to Argentina – Okocha (Punch)

Why Eagles lost to Argentina – Okocha (Punch)

Former Nigerian captain Austin Okocha has attributed the Super Eagles’ early exit at the 2018 World Cup to inexperience.

The Eagles lost to Argentina 2-1 in their last group match on Tuesday to exit the tournament. A lack-lustre Argentina team advanced to the knockout stages after Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo scored either side of a Victor Moses’ converted spot kick.

It was the fifth time the Nigeria team was losing to Argentina at the World Cup.

Okocha, who was a guest analyst on Supersport during the game, said the Eagles panicked in the first half and came back in the second half of the match but failed to convert their chances before the Argentines scored the winner.

The former Bolton Wanderers’ captain said, “(Francis) Uzoho kept us in the game with the saves he made in the second half. We panicked in the first half but the players fought back in the second. Read more

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