Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club Reverend Samuel Ikpea has declared that home-based Eagles are good enough to beat their Beninoin counterparts in the second leg of the 2018 CHAN.
The Eagles lost 1- 0 to the Squirrels in the first leg played at Cotonou last Sunday but Ikpea who led the supporters club to Benin is confident the Eagles can scale through, should they put up the kind of fighting spirit they exhibited in Benin.
“We were just unlucky. The boys played very well and if they play like they did in the first leg, Benin cannot stand them.”
He said that as usual, the supporters club which was represented by over 250 members in Benin would equally mobilise support for the Eagles to ensure victory in Kano.
However, Ikpea stated that the continuous division among members of the club could spell doom for the Super Eagles in their bid to secure tickets to the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 AFCON.
Ikpea who spoke with Sports Vanguard at the Ayinde Giwa Street secretariat of the club Tuesday, said the existence of two separate groups bearing the same name could send a wrong signal to both the Eagles and members of the public.
“The players understand the songs of the supporters club and expect to see us as a block.
But where you have two separate bodies of supporters in the same stadium then there is confusion,” he said.
He decried the tacit support the Nigeria Football Federation is giving to their rival group led by Vincent Okumagba, saying, “the NFF should stop condoning illegality.”