Youth coach wants Flying Eagles starting 11 retained


President of Elite football club of Abuja Taiwo Bankole has urged Coach Paul Aigbogun to stick to the starting eleven he used in the game against Ukraine.

Following injuries to reliable defender Valentine Ozornwafor and midfielder Jamil Muhammad, coach Paul Aigbogun started the Ukraine match with Igho Ogbuh and Success Makonjuola.

That paid off as the Flying Eagles forced the Europeans to a 1-1 draw, sealing their place in the round of sixteen.

Bankole said the coaching crew got it right.

“I strongly think the starting eleven against Ukraine is a better side compared to the starting eleven we had against the U.S,” Bankole opined.

“The coming in of the Akwa United player Okon in the midfield and Makanjuola in the attack gave the team more creativity and bite upfront.

“I think the team can still go far in the tournament if the coach gets his formation and tactics right,” Bankole said.

Nigeria will meet either Italy or Senegal in round two.