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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
Onigbinde's swansong
Nigeria's James Obiorah marking England's Micheal Owen
Onigbinde says Nigeria has been unlucky at the World Cup
Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde has said he was satisfied with his team's 0-0 draw against England.

Onigbinde said his decision to drop key players like Taribo West and goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu for the game, in favour of younger players, has been vindicated.

"We gave England a good game and the standard of the game was good," Onigbinde said.

"I sincerely believe it was the will of God that we haven't qualified for the second round.

"We played well enough to have earned a draw against Argentina and we played well enough to have beaten Sweden, hands down. But Sweden have qualified."

"Maybe God wanted us to have some more lessons in football."

Nigeria, eliminated from the tournament, were unable to win a game at the World Cup - the first time in their history that they have failed to do so.


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