Fatigue Caused Our Defeat To Brazil —Super Sand Eagles

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Players of Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles have blamed their painful quarter final narrow defeat to Brazil on fatigue.

Brazil had to endure a stiff test in their quarter-final against Nigeria, beating the Beach Eagles 10-8 in extra-time to reach the last four of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011 in Ravenna last night.

Captain of the team, Isiaka Olawale said the extra time goals they conceded in the match came because the players were tired.

We were so tired that we were struggling to stay on our feet. Some of us would have opted to be substituted but every other player was exhausted. It was very painful that despite our courage to stay on and sustain the scoreline we eventually conceded 2 late goals,” he said.

Bartholomew Ibenegbu lamented that the Nigerian team prosecuted the World Cup with nine players instead of 12, a situation that put the team under intense pressure.

“There was no way we could manage the precarious situation we found ourselves. Three of the players we denied visas to Italy and Coach Audu Adamu had to manage what he had when other teams had full teams. It’s painful that we lost to Brazil with that low margin,” he said.

Coach Adamu, however, commended the Sand Eagles for putting up a brave performance against Brazil.

“Despite the visa hitch we faced, I have to commend my team for getting to this stage of the tournament. Since the defeat in Dubai in 2009 when we lost 11-5 to Brazil, I’d say that we’ve improved a great deal.”

—Bamidele Olowosagba & Olusegun Abidoye

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