…As Osun State Football fans celebrate Eagles***
President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan has congratulated the Nigeria’s Super Eagles for qualifying for the semi finals of the African Cup of Nation (AfCON) by beating South Africa 2-1 in Egypt.
Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, said the victory of the eagles had reinforced the confidence of Nigerians in the team to win the trophy.
He said: “Your victory this night has reinforced our confidence in you to win the trophy for Nigeria.
“Nigerians have never doubted your commitment and patriotism in making Nigeria proud in the field of soccer, and I urge you not to relent until you achieve total victory”.
He charged them to see their superlative performance since the commencement of the tournament beyond just scoring goals and winning matches, but their contribution in unifying all Nigerians irrespective of the divides.
“Football, particularly when it comes to our national team, has been our greatest unifier where the nation is put above all other primordial interests,” he said, urging Nigerians not to relent in their support and prayers for the national team to emerge as winner of the tournament.
Meanwhile, football fans in Osun yesterday celebrated the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in quarter finals match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The fans who spoke after the match, said with the victory, the team were set to win the tournament as they were in a superb and fantastic form.
Kayode Agboola, said the Eagles displayed their superiority over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, saying that Nigeria always beat South Africa in competitive encounters.
“I want to congratulate Nigerians for the victory of the Super Eagles.
“The Eagles have always soared over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa anytime they meet in a competitive game or tournament.
“It’s a case of senior brother beating his younger brother and I am happy Nigeria lived up to expectation,” he said
Samson Amoo, said he was very impressed with the team, especially the young star, Chukwueze, for his brilliant play and providing the opener for Nigeria.
“This Super Eagles are really superb with the way they have been approaching each game, and beating their rivals; it gives me the confidence that they will reach the finals.
“I want to commend the coach, Gernot Rohr, and his technical team for their strategies; they are really working, and thus have also built confidence in Nigerians that the Eagles can win the cup.
“I just want Nigerians to continue to support and pray for the team, with God on our side, the Nations cup is coming to Nigeria again,” he said
Mr Eche Amos, a sports writer and analyst, said Nigeria was not unaware of the threats of South Africa in spite of previous statistics in their favour.
“The Eagles first approached the game with vigour, deployed their tactical ability which paid off when Iwobi neutralised the Rainbow Nation’s and picking up Chukwueze gave his all to justify his inclusion in the starting 11.
“The Eagles worked harder, physically, and showed the South Africans that winning Egypt couldn’t have been replicated against them.
“In all, NIgeria played largely according to their game plan and it worked for them as they capitalised on the complacency of their South African counterparts,” he said.