|AFRICA - CAF NEWS|
November 17, 2004
Nigeria ties Italy to advance
Nigeria 1 Italy 1
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Chiang Mai's 700th Anniversary Stadium
Italy Ricco, 58
Nigeria Sabi, 88
Italy played a defensive game against the physical and faster Nigerians, but had little counter attack. Nigeria had poor finishing and were fortunate to squeak out a goal in the dying moments of the match.
Post match quotes
Nigeria U-19 National Team Head Coach Felix Ibe Ukwu
I am not happy with the result because my players did not play to my instructions. Italy frustrated us tactically, and we let them kill the match.
Italy U-19 National Team Head Coach
Tonight I can say nothing bad about my team. I can't ask for more of them, and I am very proud. We knew that Nigeria were physically stronger and faster than us, so we would have to stress tactical control. The players were perfect in the way that they stopped Nigeria from playing and then worried about the counterattack.