Head coach of Libya U-23 side Reda Attia says his side’s inability to deal with the rampaging Victor Osimhen, cost them dearly in Monday’s 4-0 defeat to the Nigerian Olympic team, in their Africa U-23 Cup of Nations qualifying clash at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
The North Africans, who won the first leg 2-0 in Tunisia last Wednesday, crashed out 4-2 on aggregate.
Osimhen, one of four players drafted from the Super Eagles to help turn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg, scored a hat-trick and provided an assist as he tormented the visitors all day.
The Charleroi man could have had more but was denied by the crossbar and a couple of smart saves by the Libya goalkeeper.
Attia also praised his players for their brave efforts despite the heavy defeat to the U-23 Eagles.
“He (Osimhen) had too much space to play. We didn’t deal with his presence in our box properly which decided the game in the favour of Nigeria. Nigeria deserve to win but I am proud of my team and their performance,”he told reporters after the game,” Attia said.