Lagos – Football Enthusiasts on Saturday hailed Nigeria’s Super Eagles for an outstanding comeback against the Atlas Lions of Morocco at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
Nigeria defeated Morocco 4-3 in spite of being three goals down in the first half of the quarter-final encounter.
The enthusiasts, in interviews in Lagos, said that the Eagles were resilient.
A member of the Atlanta Olympics gold winning team, Teslim Fatusi, expressed happiness over the victory.
“Honestly, I am impressed with the outcome of this match.
“The players were able to record victory against a coordinated opponent, Morocco,” he said.
He urged the team not to lose concentration in their semi-final match.
Also, a former Coach of the 3SC FC of Ibadan, Festus Allen, applauded the Eagles for their fighting spirit.
Allen advised the team to remain dedicated and make Nigeria proud by winning the competition.
“They have proven their worth as players; the whole country is proud of them for going this far,” he said.
Also Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, on Saturday said he did not panic when his team was down 0-3 against Morocco in a quarter-final encounter of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Keshi told newsmen in a post-match conference that he charged the boys to show the stuff they were made of in the second half of the pulsating encounter.
“I told them that in the second half I will want to see a different character, the type of character we brought against Bafana Bafana.
“So, they took on from there, and for now, we are not going home.
“There was one thing going for us, and we capitalised on it; we knew the Moroccans were good when they were with the ball, and poor when they were not with the ball.
“We began to use our strength to exploit the weakness of the Moroccans, and inflicted whatever damage we could inflict on them.
“That was how the match was won, ’’Keshi said.
In the same vein, Chigozie Agbim, the Captain and the goalkeeper of the Nigerian team, said that that, in spite the uphill task ahead of the team, he was calm.
“I told my teammates at halftime that we were not playing our usual game, and that we needed to step up our game to stand a chance of winning the match.
“At the resumption of the second half, we played differently, and God helped us to win the match.
“I want to thank all Nigerians for their support for the team,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Eagles literally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Cape Town Stadium.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco stunned the Eagles in the 36th, 39th and 41st minutes in a match that could be described as one with two halves.
“The Eagles had to reduce the scores and eventually scored the equalising goal at the 90th minute.
The goal resulted from the mercurial display of Ejike Uzoenyi and Abubakar Ibrahim of Nasarawa United FC in the 110th minute of the match.
The competition will end on Feb. 1 (NAN)