Former Youth International Michael Onyemachara has hit out at the current Flying Eagles squad led by Paul Aigbogun, accusing the player of playing for themselves rather than as a team.
The Flying Eagles started their World Cup Group D campaign with a 4-0 win over Qatar but fell to a better organised Americans 2-0 in their second outing on Monday.
Onyemachara who was part of Nigeria contingent to the Saudi Arabia 89 editions where the team finished second believes that the Nigeria U20 team failed to play with the right attitude against the Americans.
“I don’t know whether to call it overexcitement because they beat Qatar 4-0, I think It really affected them, they paid dearly for laxity against the USA.
“The victory over Qatar probably entered into their head and they did not put up their best performance against the USA.
“Comparing this set of Flying Eagles to our own set, we did not have any special player but we played as a team for the love of our country but these ones are playing to sell themselves individually and it is affecting their overall performance as a team.”
“The attack of the Flying Eagles lacked bite and that was bad, if they had played together as a team, I believe the worst result they would have gotten against the USA was a draw.
“Now they are in a tight corner and must get it right against Ukraine or they would be kicked out.”