Coach of Ghana U-20 team, the Black Satellites, Silas Tetteh, on Wednesday praised the Flying Eagles for their performance against his team in a friendly in Tema, saying the Nigeria team were a better side as both teams intensify preparation for the 2015 African Youth Championship.
The Flying Eagles defeated their hosts 2-0 in the second leg friendly, two days after both sides had played a 2-2 in Accra.
The Black Satellites dominated the first half of the Wednesday’s encounter, while the Flying Eagles had the second half to make the most of their chances and win the game.
Captain Musa Muhammed put Nigeria in the lead in the 70th minute after a Ghana defender handled the ball inside his box. Substitute Ifeanyi Matthew extended the lead in stoppage time.
Bernard Bulbwa threw missed a clear-cut chance also in stoppage time after Wasiu Jimoh’s long ball found Taiwo Awoniyi, who set up the dribbling winger.
“They (Flying Eagles) are a compact team who showed very good understanding meaning they have been playing together for some time now. It was good to play against such a team,” Tetteh said.
“But despite the fact that we lost, we also gave a good account of ourselves as we finalise our preparations for the championship.”
Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba said his team performed better in the second match than in the first.
He said, “We had a much better second half after our pep talk at half time. It was also a better performance for my team than what we showed in the first match.
“Ghana too are a very good team and I tip them to go past Group B at the AYC.”