The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Morocco to book a semi-final place in the ongoing CAF African Nations Championship in South Africa.
Senator Ekweremadu who however faulted the lackluster spirit exhibited by the team in the first half, especially in the defence line, commended the Eagles for showing enormous character and determination in the second half and extra time of the game.
He said: “The Super Eagles have just rekindled reminiscences of the Damman miracle at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in which Nigeria upturned a four goal deficit to win the defunct Soviet Union in a breathtaking quarter final encounter.
Also, The Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, has urged Super Eagles Team B to win the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) for the sports-loving President (Dr.) Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
According to him, the goodluck of the President is already shinning on the Nigerian team in South Africa after the team qualified for the semifinals of the CHAN tournament against Morocco on Saturday in a dramatic fashion.
He described Eagles victory as a ‘miracle’ as they fought tooth and nail to run away with a 4-3 victory after first half disappointing 0-3 deficit.
“This team is good enough to win the trophy. They have shown that they have the character to win the tournament. The President is solidly behind the team and also happy with their performance so far in the competition. The National Sports Commission is also happy with the team and the technical crew,” he said.
President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Sani M. Ndanusa also poured encomiums on the Super Eagles and their crew urging them to display that teeth-gritted determination in their semi final match and go on to win the trophy.
‘’There is no doubt that you made history in this CHAN. It is not complete until you bring the trophy back to an appreciative President Goodluck Jonathan.”, Ndansua said.