Nigeria crashes out , plays 0-0 with Ghana

Okey Emordi, coach of the home based Super Eagles, has blamed Nigeria's ouster from next year's maiden African Nations championship for the home-based national teams on the lack of exposure of the home-based Eagles players.

Calabar Stadium (seen from millennium garden park)

The Nigerian team was unable to net the goal that could have taken it to the final as the return leg against the Black Stars of Ghana ended 0-0 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar this evening. The Ghanaian side qualified for the final with the 3-2 victory in the first leg in Accra.

Coach Emordi acknowledged that the Ghanaian side was technically more sound than his side and therefore deserved the victory, even as he accused his boys of not playing to instruction.

The Nigerian officials, who had all promised a better outing in the return leg in Calabar, disappointed the teeming Eagles fans even with the drafting of other egg heads to assist Emordi during the parley.

The Nigerian coach, at the post match briefing, submitted that the caliber of players in the Nigerian side lacked the experience and exposure needed to surmount the hurdle erected by their counterparts.

"There is nothing as good as experience. Once our league is well organized and lifted up, there is bound to be lots of improvement in our football", he was quoted as saying.

He also said that some of the Ghanaian players have had lots of experience as they have played in the Nations Cup, "but check how many of our players got that exposure. In Ghana we had a good game but we lost concentration", he concluded.

According to Emordi, the team Nigeria presented is the best that could be put together for the match yesterday but "the Ghanaians are technically better".

Apparently not satisfied with the quality of the Nigerian players, the soft spoken Emordi said the way forward for Nigerian football is for the country "to go back to the grass root and develop our football for the future".

Ghanaian coach, Milovan Rajevac, on his part said his team played according to instruction and showed great character and "may be the luckier team won and we are satisfied to qualify".

He acknowledged Nigeria/Ghana rivalry in football and thanked the Calabar and Nigerian fans for their great hospitality saying it was a good game.