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EXCLUSIVE : Nigerian coach points who to blame for Flying Eagles ouster

As football loving Nigerians continues to lick the bitter wounds of the elimination of the Flying Eagles from the WAFU B U 2⁰ tournament, Ladan Bosso says he takes full responsibility for the ouster of the unlucky team.

Bosso, the Chief coach of team affirmed that he was able to build a good team within the short time available to him, unfortunately the team suffered the cruel fate of hard luck in the two games the team played. 

“I’m a very realistic person and without sentiments, I take full responsibility for the inability of the team to qualify to the African Youth Championship.

“Nigerians should blame me 100% for the unfortunate results at Benin Republic. I thank the Federal Government, the Nigeria Football Federation and all the football stakeholders for their wonderful support towards the team.

At a time when many football pundits analysed that COVID-19 pandemic lockdown may have affected the preparation of the team, Bosso informed that the safety of Nigerian lives is very paramount to the Federal government and it was proper with the clampdown on contact sport, which delayed the opening of the camp of the Flying Eagles.

“NFF announced the appointment of the coaches to the age – grade teams in September, expecting that the programmes of the coaches would commence immediately, but the ban on contact sports was still on.

“COVID-19 pandemic is a monster and what Federal government did was simply to protect the lives of Nigerians. Football is good, but to be alive and well is better for Nigerians.

“So, Nigeria government only followed the safety protocols regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ban of contact Sports, football inclusive to avoid the spread of the virus.

“The ban was lifted in October and the camp of the Flying Eagles immediately resumed. Despite the short time, I believe that the team we built, devioid of any interference from anywhere should be able to compete very well at WAFU U 20 tournament, but the result we got did not reflect the expectations of Nigerians.

“And as I earlier said, I take full responsibility for what happened to the team at Port Novo. The players, the backroom staff and coaches were all paid all their entitlements, so no complaints at all from the team.

Ladan Bosso

“Nevertheless, I’m happy with the comments of our opponents. Both the coaches of Ghana and Ivory Coast affirmed that Nigeria paraded a good team, they echoed the same thing that the team was just unlucky.

“I will not be surprised if some of these players develop their football tremendously well to find themselves playing for the Super Eagles in the future.

“It was just painful that the team failed to qualify for Africa Youth Championship and the World Cup and I take the blame. 

“That’s football for you. Sometimes you just found yourself on the harsh side of hard luck despite all your hardwork” he concluded.

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