Kimberley (South Africa) – Some Nigerians resident in South Africa on Sunday commended the National U-23 National Team for winning the African Championship in Senegal.
The Dream Team beat Algeria 2-1 to win the championship.
Mr Emeka Ezinteje, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said the team demonstrated character and discipline to win the championship.
He said at Kimberley, Northern Cape Province of South Africa, that Coach Samson Siasia did a marvellous job in raising the team.
“ I am aware the team did not blend at the commencement of the championship, but they showed character and tactical discipline to win the event,“ he said.
Mr Kennedy Osagie, the Chairman of Nigeria Union, Northern Cape Province, said Nigerians in the province were proud of the team.
“ Nigerians were overwhelmed, especially when the goalkeeper saved a penalty at a crucial moment in the match.
“ The team made us proud and we urge them to go ahead and win the Olympic medal in Brazil next year,“ he said.
Mr Trust Owoyele, Vice Chairman of Nigeria Union, Gauteng Province of South Africa, said Algeria had been a hard nut to crack for Nigeria in major football events.
“ We are happy that the dream team beat them and we believe the victory is well deserved,“ he said.
A lawyer, Mr Tony Okorie, commended Siasia for fielding Victor Osimhen, a member of the National U-17 team, in the championship.
“ Osimhen showed class just as he did in the FIFA U-17 championship in Chile and it shows that Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents,“ he said.
Okorie urged the Nigeria Football Federation to keep the U-23 and U-17 teams together to form a formidable Super Eagles team for future tournaments.