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Lagerbäck upbeat as Nigeria crash out

AFP/The Local · 23 Jun 2010, 07:57

Published: 23 Jun 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00

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The Super Eagles drew their final match 2-2 against South Korea, not enough to salvage two opening losses to Argentina (1-0) and Greece (2-1).

In an entertaining clash, Nigeria scored through Kalu Uche (12) and a Yakubu Ayegbeni penalty (69), with South Korea responding through Lee Jung-Soo

and Park Chu-Young either side of half-time.

"I have responsibility for the results," said Lagerbäck, who guided his home nation Sweden to the second round of the World Cups in 2002 and 2006, but has only been in charge of Nigeria for five months.

"I'm the one doing the gameplan and the one training the team. Maybe with a little more time it could have been a little different.

"I have felt privileged to be the coach of Nigeria. It's been a fantastic journey in many ways."

"As for the future, I don't know, the focus has been on the World Cup," he said, adding that there would be a full post-mortem on Nigeria's performance before any decision would be taken on whether he stay on or not.

Lagerbäck added: "I'm disappointed. It's very disappointing for the Nigeria team."

"I've been really impressed by the players' professionalism. But results speak for themselves and we didn't qualify for the second round."

"We started (the game against South Korea) really well, but we made a little mistake and it was 1-1."

"We played rather well and had chances to win but we didn't find that last goal."

Lagerbäck also said he thought his team had defended "mostly well" at the set-piece despite conceding the first goal from a corner and the second a direct free-kick.

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"Goals from set-pieces happen. It's about 25 to 30 percent of all goals come from that," he said, also defending the choice of the coastal city of Richards Bay as the team's training camp as opposed to a high-altitude one.

Training at altitude, he argued, "has a marginal effect and we took the decision because of other advantages to staying in the Richards Bay area".

Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu, whose appearance against South Korea was his first after missing out on selection for the first two games, added: "We're not happy. One more goal and we could have qualified."

"But we'll take the positives. We played well but we as everyone knows, if you don't score goals you don't win matches."

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10:12 June 23, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

”Lagerbäck UPBEAT as Nigeria crash out”?

Is this more deliberate misuse of the English language, this time to show contempt for Nigeria or merely to deceive the unwary, the ignorant, the silly, the stupid or the innocent bystanders?

Lagerbäck should be pilloried and his carcass sent back home where he can be upbeat for a few dollars or South Korean Wons more about leading the Swedish team not to World cup dominance but to ignominious defeat the next time round – if Sweden will ever deign to have him in that national position.

The ducks can quack and cheer as much as they like, but I know and the hypocritical Lagerbeer knows why he fielded the team that he did and until the day of resurrection no one can present evidence to the contrary or convince me otherwise.

It's not that Nigeria doesn't have capable players.

The Nigerian Football Federation has probably fallen in love with his Tarzan mentality and might be rich and dumb enough to retain him for a day longer as a coach to save Nigeria one more time after his last fiasco. Till then he can be as “upbeat” as he likes until he finally kisses the dust which is where he belongs at home or there in South Africa.
11:08 June 23, 2010 by Beavis
Above comment makes no sense...

Either way Largercrap is a useless manager as proven with Sweden. Had it been pretty much any other coach Nigeria might have a chance.
12:15 June 23, 2010 by Mackan2017
France are out as well. Sad really.
13:14 June 23, 2010 by Audrian
Nigeria was playing with mid-field players. They spoilt many balls; some of which would have been goals if Nigeria had two strikers.

Lagerbäack could not have trained strikers in five months. If the Nigerian elite is willing to divert some money to football instead of lining their pockets, coaches could help in the identification of good talents and develop them.
13:46 June 23, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

And what am I to understand by “Had it been pretty much any other coach” ?

As Karl Marx wrote to Lasalle in German , “ I know that you won't understand this because you are a neger” - and for emphasis underlined the word neger.


Now Beavis may not be one, but I am.

As Derek Walcott says in “The Schooner Boy”

“I'm just a red nigger who love the sea

I had a sound colonial education

I have Dutch, nigger and English in me

and either I'm nobody, or I'm a nation.“

N.B. I am not Derek Walcott.

Magister Beavis is in the habit of telling me that what I say “ makes no sense”.This does not cause me any distress.

Through no fault of mine, anything written in simple English but obviously beyond Beavis' level of comprehension doesn't make sense to him. I suggests remedial reading classes or a course in simple comprehension for slow readers, the type they teach at lower high school or at extramural classes for adults.

I hope that this makes sense to others:

18:57 June 23, 2010 by A SAFARI
I won't blame "Legg a'back" or what he is called rather the football association of that country.I have studied this "coach" for years and my friends will testify of what i told them when he was appointed coach.The fact is that football association is a corrupt one;they decided to appoint a coach only few months to a competition like the world cup.S Korea played so many friendlies(16 or more i think) after qualifying for the finals of the cup;reminds me of the saying that"when you fail to plan you plan to fail".I hold no brief for the swedes ,i still think if given 20 years he won't do any better.I say this without apologies because his formation is the strangest i have ever seen in my entire life.Let's talk about leaving Martins on the bench while the real bench-warmer (Yak d Id***) kept playing;the same guy who made so many mistakes during the last nations cup.Ok we talk about Odewingie who was played from offensive position.....We can go on and on.All i can say is that the Swede was experimenting in all the matches.It's a pity!
00:54 June 24, 2010 by GLO
Nice girls and pre-school coed sport! Waiting on NFL and Ice Hockey. BLA BLA BLA....
02:11 June 24, 2010 by Beavis
Yep, what you say makes no sense..Im not attcking you, so dont get all defensive! It just doesnt make much sense Im afraid. Agree with Safari though, Lagercrap actually got worse as he went on and most Swedes are glad hes gone from Swedish national team. Hopefully, even if they are corupt the Nigerian football accos will fire him right away and work on getting a decent coach.Anyone would be better than Lagercrap. Amodu Shuabu should never have been fired in the first place, but maybe now they can get Gus Hiddink before another them does.

Nigeria have some great players and can pass the ball great. The last thing they need is a long-ball coach like Lagercrap
16:02 June 24, 2010 by A SAFARI
@ Beavis you have said it all!
14:20 June 26, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
For Beavis, Butt-head & Safaris :an update that may distress or please:

An update on the fate of Lagerbäck:

Odemwingie blasts Lagerback for Eagle's poor outing


'I determine who plays'', Largerback replies Odemwingie


(Money doesn't talk, it walks)

Nigerian Officials move to extend Lagerback's contract

23:07 July 13, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Yes, besserwisser Lagerbeer placed Nigeria's top strikers ON THE BENCH and then pretended to be shedding the national Oyibo tears that he did not even shed for Sweden not qualifying for the world cup : Delta Rivers crocodile tears. As if he came from Okrika. However, he was wise enough to resign before he got fired. But in Nigeria? Tarzan wants to carry on forever, for the billions of the tax-payers naira

I rest my case :

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