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Why the Super Eagles lost to Ecuador – US-based football enthusiast –


United States of America-based sports fan Anozie Ugenyi said in New York on Friday that unfair refereeing handed the Super Eagles defeat in their second friendly match of the US tour.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the under-strength Super Eagles suffered a 0-1 loss to Ecuador.

The game was played Thursday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, USA.

In coach José Peseiro’s first outing with the team, the under-strength Eagles fought valiantly but were unlucky to lose 1-2 to Mexico in Dallas, Texas. Saturday.

Ugenyi, co-founder of the Nigerian Sports and Cultural Carnival in New Jersey, told NAN it was clear the referee had refused to use the video assistant referee despite protests.

He said: “There were questionable calls from the referee which angered many Nigerians including Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation.

“Pinnick protested a lot about this in the VIP booth where he was seated with other Nigerian officials.

“According to what VAR means, the referee is supposed to have used it and maybe awarded two penalty kicks against Ecuador.

“But he did not do it.”

Ugenyi, however, praised the team for the zeal displayed during the match, although he lamented their inability to convert the scoring chances they had into goals.

He said: “I am of the opinion that we could have won if we had taken risks.

“The best striker missed three chances with the goalkeepers, on which we would have scored.”

He said, however, that it was also interesting to say that there was team cohesion.

“My advice is to keep them together and instill some confidence in the homegrown players,” Ugenyi said.

The football enthusiast noted that the match was excellent with the momentum passing from one side to the other.

He said: “Ecuador pressed in the first half and the Super Eagles were in control midway through the second half.”

In a related development, Pinnick and some NFF officials were seen in a video clip protesting the unfairness against the Super Eagles, urging the match commissioner to investigate the protest.

Pinnick said in the video: “It’s not a game.

“Two penalties were not awarded to Nigeria in the first half.

“I can tell my boys to leave this game.”

Pinnick insisted on seeing the match commissioner and appealed for the injustice to be corrected.

Pinnick said the referee was not helping the Ecuadorian team because “no one would accept this kind of unprofessional act at the World Cup”.

NAN reports that some match officials were then seen appealing to Pinnick and other NFF officials, pledging to investigate the alleged unfairness against the team.

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Tijani Muhammad-Bande, and Ambassador Lot Egopija, Consul General of Nigeria in New York, were among several Nigerians present at the game.