Abidjan - The Nigerian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire has lauded Nigerians in the
country for their massive support for Super Eagles during the CHAN
qualifying match on Saturday.
Head of the Nigerian mission in Cote d’Ivoire, Akaninyene Bassey, who
hosted the team after the match, expressed joy for the support.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian team
qualified for the African Nations Championship after beating the
Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on goals aggregate.
The home based Super Eagles had beaten the Elephants
4-1 on July 6 in Kaduna before the return leg in Abidjan which ended
2-0 in favour of the Ivorian side.
Bassey said the supporters demonstrated the true spirit of unity and kept hopes alive for the team during the match.
"I am so happy, we all came out to support our team, we made them
not to have reason to be intimidated, this is how it should be’’, he
The soccer fans commended the team for qualifying for the 2014 edition of the African Nations Championship in South Africa.
Bright Moses, President of the Association of Nigerian Youths in Cote
d’Ivoire told NAN at the reception that team made the nation proud by
qualifying for the tournament.
"We saw how the team rose to defend the game till the end of play; I admire the team’s sense of focus.
"I wish them well in the championship and pray that it enables them
have more experience and at the end make them better players for the
country’’, he said.
Paul Eke, a staff member of the Nigerian Embassy, said the team
had the potential of developing into one of the best on the continent.
"The result of the match is not a bad one, the team simply proved its superiority against the Ivorian side.
"I am sure that this team will do well on the continent given the right incentives and exposure’’, he said.