23 January 2013

Nigeria: Afcon - Nigerian Supporters Blame Referee for Draw With Burkina Faso

Members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club have voiced their disappointment at Monday's Super Eagles' 1 - 1 draw with the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the ongoing AFCON.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Eagles had to fight relentlessly to hold onto their slim one goal lead after Efe Ambrose was shown a red after bagging a second yellow card.

After he was sent off, the Nigerian team had to contend with the rampaging Stallions who used their numerical advantage to torment the Eagles, until they scored their equaliser.

Following the development, Dr Rafiu Oladipo blamed the team for loss of concentration and expressed his reservation over the referee's performance during the match.

"Why for God's sake have we refused to learn from our bitter experiences of the past? I expected our players to hold onto the ball for as long as possible, to frustrate their opponents.

"This is the job of the coach and the team's physiologists, which have been missing in our matches in the last two years.

Do they realise the pains of an average supporter and what it costs them to travel all the distance to support team: to pay their airfares, accommodation and logistics," he said.

The president-general urged the team to work harder in its subsequent matches in order to get the required results to advance beyond the first round.

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