Even though the South American champions, Uruguay won 2-1, the Super Eagles, according to the match statistics, had the upper hand in ball possession, 64% to Uruguay’s 44%, had 14 shots on goal to Uruguay’s nine, forcing their Head Coach, Oscar Tabarez to describe the Stephen Keshi-led lads as pride to football.
Speaking at a post match conference the veteran Uruguayan coach hailed the tenacity of the Eagles, adding that the game could have gone either way but his side had a little bit of more experience.
Top striker and Liverpool FC danger man, Luis Suarez, was seen walking away from the team’s bus in a black suit and trousers after the game apparently angry at his substitution midway in the second half of the match but some say he might be heading for contractual talks as he prepares for life after Liverpool.
On his own part, Keshi, said his team was very good on the night but were as usual wasteful. “We gave the game our all but you know Uruguay has been together for eight years and we are just rebuilding, sooner than later we will catch up with the rest of the best teams in the world.”
Before the match proper there were a lot of skirmishes between the Brazilian Police and protesters who insisted on stopping the game, because of what they perceived as corruption by those in government. As a result the Eagles and their officials came earlier for the game, same as their Uruguay counterparts.
At the end of the day, the police had the upper hand as the game went on as planned but the protest has continued to spread against the nation famous for producing some of the best footballers in history like Edson Arantes Dos Nascimento, popularly known as Pele.
Meanwhile stand-in Eagles skipper, Vincent Enyeama, has said the loss to Uruguay in the national team’s second game at the ongoing Confederation Cup, was so colossal that the team will have to do something special to defeat Spain in its next game.
He also blamed fatigue for the team’s loss, the same way Tony Ujah, who plays his club football in the German Bundesliga reasoned. Enyeama reacting to a question about the splendid play of the Eagles yet could not come out clean said: “It’s so painful that we played this well and were still on the losing side. I would been a happier person if we played badly and won the game”.
Ujah on his part says that flying from one end of the world to another in the last one month has been very tiring, especially as other teams were having a ball preparing for the tournament. “Though we don’t want to give any excuses but it’s obvious that our busy schedule has affected us today”.