By Tony Ubani
OVERWHELMED by the thrilling 2-2 draw against Italy at Craven Cottage on Monday, House of Representatives Chairman on sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya has tipped the Super Eagles to surpass other African’s feat at the World Cup and get to the semi-finals in Brazil, next year.
The Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles who picked the first African World Cup ticket against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia on Saturday produced magical touches and defended superbly as the Italians unleashed terror towards the end of the 2-2 draw.
‘’These Eagles can surpass the quarter-final feat of Ghana in the World Cup in South Africa”, an obviously elated Gaiya said.
“I’m impressed with the performance of the team given that they just finished a match on Saturday. Also, Keshi should be commended for his guts in using new players like Francis, Bright Dike and others. What it means is that nobody is indispensable in the team. Now, Emenike knows that we have other big strikers, and it goes on to other players. That is what was lacking before in the Eagles that players were holding us to the jugular’’, Gaiya said.
He said that both Houses of the Nationsl Assembly would ensure that the Nigeria Football Federation get enough funding to enable them embark on more quality grade A friendlies to keep the Eagles fully prepared for the World Cup.
Italy’s coach, Cesare Prandelli, made eight changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Germany in a friendly while Stephen Keshi made seven changes from the team that wrapped up Nigeria’s World Cup qualification over Ethiopia.
Gaiya praised the entire team for their doggedness while praising Victor Moses for troubling the Italian defence with bursts down both wings.