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Fans hail home-based Eagles' performance

29 October 2013, 12:39

Abuja - Football enthusiasts on Monday hailed the performance of the home-based Super Eagles on their 0-1 loss to Jordan in an international friendly match in spite of loss.

Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone said the players put up a good performance but it was just not enough to earn them a win.

NAN reports that the match, which was played at the Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan saw its only goal from a spot kick converted in the 43rd minute.

It was a build up match for the players ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) exclusively for local players billed for South Africa from January 11 to February 1.

Emmanuel Zira, a board member of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), said the players tried their best because some of them were playing in the team for the first time.

"They tried their best because the team comprised of the home-based players and some of them are just playing together in the team for the first time.

"But, there is room for improvement because they needed to improve on their playing abilities.

"This is just to say that the performance was not worthy of the Super Eagles but I believe they will get better with time,’’ Zira said.

Ahmed Maude, President of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), said he was not expecting an easy game for the Super Eagles.

"For the game to end 1-0, it is a good one because I was not expecting them to have an easy encounter.

"This is because Jordan National team is building up to play their 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, while our players are preparing for CHAN that they have already qualified for, so, they (Jordan) are expected to be strong.

"It was a good test for our players to prepare them for the task ahead when the CHAN championship starts proper,'' Maude said.

Danlami Alanana, a former media officer of the NWFL, also said the result was not the most important thing but the players' performance which was impressive.

"Considering the time they had for preparations and their performance, you cannot blame them.

"Although, they lost the match, they did well and I believe they will improve with time,'' Alanana said.



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