Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, has blamed Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat against Uruguay Thursday at the Confederations Cup on lack of pace in passing and failure to try shoot.
The former Eagles’ skipper said Nigeria could have done better if they shot when they had the opportunity to score.
“We had no pace in our passes and we were not shooting,” Oliseh, a consultant for Supersport at the Confed. Cup said.
“We were just trying to tiki taka our way into the penalty box of the Uruguayans. I was impressed with Babatunde Michael when he came on because he had a bit of pace going forward and he was trying to shoot despite our pattern of play.
“We were carrying the ball while the Uruguayans made the ball to do the running. How can the Eagles play in such manner four months after winning the African Nations Cup?”
Oliseh had earlier decried Nigeria’s lack of lucidity in front of the goal during their 6-1 romp against Tahiti on match day one in Group B. He said that Nigeria could end up regretting the numerous scoring opportunities they let go.
“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t do more than what we did against the Tahitians.
“Losing good scoring chances like we saw should not be condoned at all. We must respect our opponents because this is a big tournament. Participating alone in the competition means the Eagles will bag $1.7 million and so they must take it serious.”
Nigeria will have a tough time in trying to qualifier for the quarterfinals as they will have their last group game against the world and European champions, Spain on June 23 at Fortaleza.
On the other hand their immediate rivals Uruguay will have a relatively easy time as they are expected to rout minnows Tahiti who lost 10-0 to Spain yesterday after Losing 6-1 to Nigeria in day One.