By Kate Obodo
Former NFA chairman, Alhaji IbrahimÂ Galadima Thursday said thatÂ Super Eagles have restored the countryâ€™s confidence in the team by theirÂ 3-0 trouncing ofÂ the Mambas of Mozambique in Lubango, Angola.
The Eagles demoralized millions of NigeriaÂ when they fumbled in their opening Group C match against Egypt in Benguela. Against the Squirrel of Benin theyÂ recorded a face-saving 1-0 but surprised all with a 3-0 bashing of the Mambas of Mozambique in the last groupÂ game on Wednesday.
For Galadima,Â it is something worth celebrating as he said, â€œCongratulation to Nigeria, we give thanks to God, it was quite heart-warming especially with the way they started. We are happy that we have won and it is quite impressive and I think we should thank the boys for their dedication and commitment.
They should maintain the same spirit and work harder. They should put more effort and see how far we can go. I really thank God that each passing day the team are improving and I implore them to keep it up,â€ he told Saturday vanguard sports on telephone from his Kano base.
Meanwhile former Gombe State FA boss, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe has describedÂ the victory as an act of God, adding that neither the players norÂ coach Shaibu Amodu should be given glory but God who made it possible for the team.
â€œThey did better than the previous matches but not as expected. And I think our problem is not always rising to the occasion. It is not over, we should not over celebrate yet. The point is that why would Nigeria struggle or play under pressure before they win.
For the first time the coach was able to use younger players. I think the changes made the difference. The introduction ofÂ younger players like Osaze Odemwingie and others was a good one.Â Like I said, their victory was an act of God. Now that we have qualified, you will find out that people will continue to celebrate instead of thinking of the way forward”, he said.