Flying Eagles winger and Nigeria’s highly promising young star Success Makanjuola says he is not being carried away by news that he was adjudged the Man of the match in the team’s impressive one all draw against Ukraine on Thursday at the ongoing FIFA under 2O World cup in Poland.
The Flying Eagles put up an improved performance in their crucial last group game against Ukraine to ensure qualification to the knock out phase with Makanjuola enjoying his first start in the team’s line up.
The Water FC of Abuja highly promising winger did not however disappoint as he provided the assist for Tijani Muhammed with a well taken cross that led to the equalizing penalty which was calmly slotted in by Tijani ,having missed a similar penalty in the first half.
Speaking after the game Makanjuola said “Am really not too bothered about individual accolade for now , an just only concern about helping the team to do well and am happy that the entire team put up a good fight and we achieved our goal which is making it to the knock out round ”
” The knock out round is a different level all together and so our focus now is to prepare well to make Nigerians happy because we know they were not happy when we lost to the U.S .We are not even thinking of the team we will play in the next round, we just want to be at our best when the match comes and the coaches are working hard to get us in perfect shape for the next round”
The fast rising winger was in the heart of the team’s overall display against the Ukrainians with his constant deadly corner kicks , crosses and one on one take ons for the entire 87 minutes he was on the pitch. Meanwhile as Nigerians continue to react to the performance of the team following their qualification to the next round , 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 .
” I strongly think the starting eleven against Ukraine is a better side compare to the starting eleven we had against the U.S.A ”
” The coming in of the AkwA United guy Okon in the midfield and Makanjuola in the attack gave the team more creativity and bite upfront and I think the team can still go far in the tournament if the coach gets it’s formation and tactics right ,” Bankole added.