Eaglets Blame VAR For Their FIFA U-17 Elimination
Golden Eaglets captain Samson Tijani has blamed technology for the team’s crash at the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazi, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
The Nigerian side who came tops in Group B were mauled 3-1 by one of the best third-placed teams from the group stage Netherlands.
They had lost their last group match 2-1 against the Joeys of Australia and were sent packing from the competition by the Europeans.
While speaking after the tie, Tijani, on behalf of the team, apologised to Nigerian, blaming technology for the loss.
According to him, the decision of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to hand a late penalty to the Dutch side demoralised the Nigerians.
“We are very sorry; we as a team to the entire Nigerians,” Tijani said.
“We tried our best but the result was down to hard-luck coupled with the fact that our opponents are a very good side.
“I want to thank my teammates also; we all put our best but that’s how far God said we can go in this tournament.
“Our team had to succumb to the pressure from our opponent, we tried to calm the pressure and we were able to achieve that until the dying minutes where VAR had to suppress us with that penalty.
“That alone weakened our morale and it was already late for a come back at that minute,” said the Eaglets captain.”