Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has conceded that Germany showed superiority over his team on Thursday and admits that the European champions deserved their 1-0 win in their U20 World Cup Round of 16 match.
Germany progressed to face Mali on Sunday for a place in the semifinals, courtesy a 16th minute goal that many observers believe Nigeria’s keeper, Joshua Enaholo should have stopped.
However, later on, Enaholo kept Nigeria in the game, especially when he pulled off two big saves in the first half, and Manu praised the goalkeeper for his recovery.
“He had a great game. His view was blocked by a defender for the goal by Germany, but otherwise he was wonderful,” remarked the coach.
“Germany deserved to win, they played very well. In the first half, our main striker was mostly on his way as he did not enjoy much support from those on the wings.
“We have learnt that the U20 is much higher level than what you have at U17, but most importantly we learnt that if your lost concentration, it could cost you dearly.
“You win, draw or lose. We lost despite our high expectations. We wanted the cup and we’re now out. We had a bad day and are disappointed to go home so early.”