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Fans continue to react to Super Eagles' victory

04 February 2013, 16:02

Lagos - The country's football fans have continued to react to the Super Eagles' dramatic 2-1 victory, over the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire in the quarter-final of the ongoing AFCON tournament in South Africa.

The stakeholders who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos hailed the team for the thrilling performance.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles had upset the books by ousting the pre-tournament's favourites, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, in a keenly-contested match.

Following the Eagles’ superlative performance, Moshood Adebayo, Coach of Team Kwara's football team at the 2012 National Sports Festival said that the team’s dedicated approach made the difference.

"Keshi’s boys were extra ordinary in their performance on Sunday; they really went out there to prove a point to the Ivorians.

"If they continue to play like this, I assure you that the trophy will be coming to Nigeria. After all we have defeated the most dreaded team in the competition,” he said.

In the same vein, Olatunde Lawson, who coached Team Lagos’ football squad at "Eko 2012" told NAN that the Ivorians underestimated the capability of the Super Eagles and paid for it.

"The Ivorians took things for granted and could not cope with the pattern the Eagles played against them.

"They were surprised by the kind of opposition they had to contend with during the game. Keshi’s boys played brilliantly," he said.

Solomon Ayoleke, Captain of Team Lagos football squad at the 18th National Sports Festival said that the team played well by doing the needful.

"Majority had thought that the Elephants will defeat the Eagles, through the might of their accomplished players like Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.

"However, the youthful strength and focus of the Nigerian team was too much for the more experienced Ivorians to cope with.

"You see, sometimes strength beats experience," he added.

Reacting to the victory, Hammed Odeyemi, a lecturer at the National Institute for Sports (NISports), commended the team for a job well done.

"I was overwhelmed by the team’s brilliant performance; they played beyond my expectations. I wish them the best as they draw closer to their objectives.

"But then, they should not let it get into their heads because their next opponents will also pose an even bigger threat to them.

"Concentration is the key word here, if they want to succeed," he stressed.

Ndaks Lawrence, who heads the Football Department at NISports, said the team’s performance was the best he had seen so far in the tournament.

"Honestly I will give kudos to Keshi and his boys. They have put up a brilliant play and I hope they will continue to maintain the standard they displayed in subsequent matches.

"I will also commend the officiating. The calls made by the centre referee were fair enough as there was no cause for complaint by the two teams," he added.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles will meet the Eagles of Mali for a place in the finals of the tournament on Feb. 10.



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