Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria/South Africa: Technical Deficiency Denied Eagles Victory - Iorfa

Former Super Eagles striker, Dominic Iorfa Mtem has blamed Eagles failure to pick the maximum points against the Chipolopolo of Zambia yesterday on technical deficiency which he said was evident in the substitutions made by the coaching crew.

Speaking to Weekly Trust shortly after the Eagles 1-1 draw against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, Iorfa said the substitutions made were totally wrong and that largely contributed to the failure of the Eagles to nick the three points in the crucial match.

The former Queens Park Rangers of England star wondered why with ten minutes to the end of the match, the bench of the Eagles went in search of more goals saying instead of bringing on strikers for strikers, the coaches should have strengthened the defence and the midfield.

Iorfa reasoned that the substitutions made would have made sense only if more goals were needed by the team to either top the group or qualify to the next round.

He maintained that the goal scored by the Eagles was enough to give them the three points so instead of going in search of more goals, the Eagles bench should have looked for a way to protect the one scored.

His words: "What I can say is that Eagles lost the three points from the bench. The substitutions made were faulty because when you are winning a match and it is less than ten minutes to go, you don't introduce strikers for strikers.

"You can only make such substitutions if goals you are looking for would determine your fate. In this case, the lone goal would have given the Eagles the three points. So I do not see any wisdom in the kind of substitutions that the bench made.

"Instead, I expected the technical crew to bring in Joseph Yobo, take Kenneth Omerou to the right full back and then ask Onazi to go and help fortify the midfield. After doing that they could have taken out a tired Emmanuel Emenike for a fresh striker to add a little bite to the attack.

Iorfa therefore said with a little technical and tactical discipline on the part of the bench and the players, Eagles would have beaten the Chipolopolo.

"While the bench proved to be technically deficient, the players on their part showed tactical indiscipline and that combined to deny the Eagles the much needed points.

The vice-chairman and technical adviser of Confederation Cup campaigners, Lobi Stars of Makurdi declined to speak on the fate of the Eagles in South Africa but said those making predications should wait until the team qualifies to the next round.

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