Nigeria U20 coach John Obuh has said his team put up a good fight only to crash out of the World Cup in Turkey to Uruguay on Tuesday night.
“Despite playing a man short for half of the match, we fought a good fight,” declared Obuh.
“The match has been won and lost and we accept the loss in good faith.”
He added: “Our target at this tournament was not to leave the stage this early but I hope the next coach will take it from where I stopped.
“What is very certain is that Nigeria is a football nation blessed with a lot of talent. The players only have a focus and they will be world beaters.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aminu Maigari commended the fighting spirit of the team, urging them to not allow this setback affect the bright future that awaits them.
“We wish to commend your performance against Uruguay, but unfortunately one team has to win and another has to lose,” he told the team.
“You did your best and went out there to win but it was not meant to be.
“You should learn from the mistakes you made so that next time we will go all the way.”
Nigeria fell behind after 64 minutes when Nicolas Lopez slotted home after goalkeeper Samuel Okani failed to deal with a free kick from the left.