Nigerians from all walks of live massively hailed the Super Eagles on Wednesday for securing the vital three points in the World Cup qualifying match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya that succumbed 0-1.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa was on target in the 81st minute to assure of the
three points, in a match played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Some of the soccer fans said it was crunch match, which the Eagles had to win to stay atop its Group `F’, so as to improve their chances of making it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A former Green Eagles’ winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, commended Coach Stephen Keshi for working out a tactical game plan that gave the Eagles the slim but vital 1-0 victory.
Amiesimaka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after the match that Keshi had proven that Nigerian coaches had the qualities to assemble a formidable team.
“The Eagles have shown that with commitment, they can go places. I want the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to give Keshi and his team the maximum cooperation to win the remaining matches’’.
The Dolphins of Port Harcourt’s Media Officer, China Acheru, said the Eagles deserved to win, having dominated most of the game in Kenya.
“I am happy at the performance. The team did very well. Keshi promised to give Nigerians a good team for the 2014 World Cup and I think, he is on the right track.
“I urge them (Eagles) to play the Namibians as if they lost the Kenyan encounter. I bet you, they will also get a good result next week,’’ he said.
Tarila Okorowanta, a former Flying Eagles winger, also applauded the Super Eagles for the 1-0 victory against the Kenyans. “It is a good performance which I must commend. It is an indication that they are committed to qualifying for the world Cup.
“However, they should prepare well ahead for other matches and ensure that they do not lose or draw any subsequent match’’.
Mutiu Adepoju, a former Team Manager of Shooting Stars of Ibadan (3SC), said: “It was a very good match and we are back at the top, where we belong as African champions.
“This victory is going to motivate the team to put in their all in our next match against Namibia,’’ he said.
Sanusi Mohammed, the NFA Director of Competitions said: “We thank God for this victory and I am highly delighted. They should concentrate on their next match against Namibia.
Friday Ekpo, a former Super Eagles Midfield maestro, said it was a deserved victory: “they (Eagles) should take other matches seriously and ensure that the country qualifies for the World Cup,’’ he said.
Bright Omokaro, another former Super Eagles defender, said: “it’s a good feeling, knowing that the Super Eagles are forging ahead. The victory is immense and I am very happy about it’’.
Harrison Okagbue, a former Harambee stars coach, said he was happy the Eagles had done it: “I am very happy, the Keshi boys have done it again. I wish him well in the World Cup journey and pray they make the country happy”.
In Umuahia, soccer fans who were relieved to learn that the Eagles eventually won the match, however, voiced their frustrations over failure to watch a live telecast of the match.