Bloemfontein - A top official of the Nigerian Union in South
Africa on Thursday said the community was proud of the Super Eagles, in spite
of their 4-1 defeat by the Black Stars of Ghana.
The Super Eagles were edged out 4-1 by their West African
rivals in a penalty shootout after the two teams had battled to a goalless draw
in regulation and extra-times.
The union’s President, Ikechukwu Anyaene told the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bloemfontein that the players performed creditably
in the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) to make Nigeria proud.
“Our team played very well; though they lost, they
represented the country very well. I strongly believe that the team will win
the bronze medal on Saturday in Cape Town,’’ he said.
On his assessment of the Coach Stephen Keshi led-technical
crew, the president of the Nigerian union said that the coach performed
brilliantly on the job.
“Keshi has proved himself beyond every doubt; we knew where
we were before he took on the job as the national team coach. Between then and
now, he has changed the face of our football.
“Keshi is a great coach and we are very proud of him, we are
proud of what he is doing; and we hope that he will continue to do well,"
In the same vein, Judith Nnamdi, a Nigerian caterer residing
in Bloemfontein, said the Eagles should not feel disappointed by the defeat.
“Our boys tried their very best to win the match, but the
penalty kicks ended in favour of their opponents. That’s why we lost the game
and I hope that next time we will perform better.
“We came out in our thousands to support the team, the
association of Nigerian wives came out in full force to support the team but it
was not our day to win,’’ the caterer said.