Abuja - A cross-section of Abuja-based football fans has described
the Super Eagles’ victory over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the ongoing
Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) as commanding and commendable.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria on
Sunday defeated hosts South Africa 3-1 in their last Group A match at the
competition to advance to the quarter-finals.
The fans expressed joy at the victory, with some of them
saying they were sure the Eagles would go all the way to the final.
Ebere Umunna, an engineer, said the players proved to others
that Nigeria are worthy African champions.
“I am happy that the Super Eagles have shown today (Sunday)
that winning the 2013 AFCON title about a year ago right there in South Africa
was not a fluke. I see them going all the way to lift the CHAN title," he
Femi Oyelade, an information technology (IT) consultant,
noted that the players had once again shown that Bafana Bafana was not on the
same level with the Eagles. The boys have once again been separated from the
men," he said.
Audu Yisa, a businessman, gave kudos to Christantus Ejike,
who he said deserved to win the man-of-the-match award.
“Ejike stood out as my man-of-the-match. His tackles,
discipline and finesse in front of goal are worthy of mention. I see him going
places. A lot of European clubs will come for him after the tournament.”
Richmund Atu-Johnson, another football fan, told NAN he was
happy that the team’s goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, redeemed himself after a poor
show of form in the first two group games.
“Agbim was fantastic in goal today. He made a lot of
wonderful saves, which was key to the team's victory. He really stood up to be
counted, when it really mattered most and we are proud of him," he said.
Bassey Eyo, an entrepreneur, noted that the defence of the
Eagles' also deserved commendation.
“The boys were strong and disciplined at the back. The likes
of (Azubuike) Egwuekwe and (Solomon) Kwambe were solid and really performed as
expected, especially towards the final minutes of the game," he said.
NAN reports that Nigeria finished second in Group A with six
points, while Mali topped the group with seven points after defeating Mozambique
2-1 in the other group match. South Africa placed third with four points, while
Mozambique finished at the bottom of the group with zero point.
Mali and Nigeria have thus qualified for the quarter-finals
of the championship.