June 11, 2017

Uyo fans liken Eagles’ 2-0 loss to earthquake

Uyo fans liken Eagles’ 2-0 loss to earthquake

South African players try to stop Nigerian attacker Alex Iwobi (L) from advancing into its half during the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifyer football match between South Africa and Nigeria at Goodswill Akpabio International Stadium in the southern city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on June 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Uyo – Uyo fans have said the Super Eagles’ 2-0 loss to Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the 2019 AFCON qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium struck them as earthquake.

Super Eagles forward Oghenekaro Etebo (C) tries to outwit South African defence during their 2019 AFCON qualifier at Goodswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Photo: AFP

Speaking after watching the match on Saturday, the Secretary of Akwa Ibom Football Association, Joseph Eberefe, said that the loss struck him “like earthquake”.

“It is disappointing, we did not expect this, it is very frustrating.

“The absence of regular players like Victor Moses, Mikel Obi and the others were felt on the pitch,

“These ones have tried but they are not experienced as the usual Eagles players,” Eberefe said.

In his reaction, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, said that he was short of words to describe the shock of the loss.

“I cannot comment, it is simply no comment from me,” Luke said.

Former Deputy Speaker, Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Uwem Udoma, said that the Eagles’ performance disappointed the entire fans.

“We should always use the best, we should not use our second eleven and expect to win.

“This is a lesson for Nigeria to do enough to defend well and win its matches.

“Our goalkeeper is inexperienced, he left the goalpost and caused the second goal,” Udoma said.

He, however, said that football was a game and the fans enjoyed themselves during the match.

Another fan, Tom Odiong, said that the South African team was technically better than the Eagles players.

“We missed Victor Moses and Mikel Obi in the match, their experience matters,” Odiong said.

Bafana Bafana team scored in the 56th minute and 83rd minutes by Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau respectively.

The South African second goal sent cold shivers on football fans while some of them left the stadium abruptly in frustration with sighing on their lips.