Lagos - Nigerian football fans, usually hard to please, praised the senior national men's team despite the disappointing outing at the Confederations Cup.
The Super Eagles are out of the tournament that is being held in Brazil after a 3-0 defeat to world champions Spain on Sunday.
This followed a slender loss to Uruguay.
The team had started on an emphatic note with a 6-1 hammering of Tahiti but that was not enough to secure passage to the knockout stages.
However, fans praised coach Stephen Keshi and the team.
Ijidke Aghahowa urged the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to retain Keshi and enable continuity.
"We lost to Spain with pride! The boys played well, and were just unlucky not to grab at least two goals in the first half. While our defence was the biggest let down, our midfield and strike force were impressive," added Aghahowa.
Odokah Ayere also appealed for Keshi to be allowed to continue.
"We all respect Spain by virtue of being the World defending champions, but our boys deserved a draw. My appeal to NFF is not to sack the coach.
"He has done extremely well, and I still believe he has learnt one or two lessons ahead of the 2014 World Cup," she said.
Terrence Tooki said with more luck, the Super Eagles could have advanced to the knockout stages.
"Sometimes football is about luck. Spain were no match against our team in the second half, but they simply scored two more goals to win the match,"
Nigeria, who are favourites to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil, have a knack of firing coaches after bad results.
Keshi, despite guiding the team to the Orange African Nations Cup title in February, quit the position citing lack of faith in him by NFF, but changed the decision after the intervention of government officials. - CAJ News