Kano - Football enthusiasts in the Kano metropolis on Thursday applauded the Super Eagles semi-final victory over the Eagles of Mali at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in South Africa.
Some of the fans who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the match expressed their delight and hailed the team for its thrilling performance in the encounter.
Malam Ahmed Sadik, a civil servant, said that the team’s dedicated approach to the game made the difference in their 4-1 defeat of the Malians.
"I am impressed by their performance because the lads really went out there to prove a point in the match,” Sadik said.
Mr George Ugo, a technician, also commended the team for a job well done.
"I was delighted by the team's performance; in general, they played beyond our expectation. I wish them the best in the finals," Ugo said.
Alhaji Nasidi Yahaya, a student of the Bayero University, Kano, said that the national team players exhibited excellence and patriotism in all their games in the tournament.
"The Keshi boys got this semi-final result because of their hunger for success. If they can continue to play like this, I assure you the trophy will certainly come to Nigeria," he said.
Ali Soccer, a young lad, told NAN that he was delighted with Burkina Faso's victory over Ghana in the second semi-final match.
"I am happy that Burkina Faso beat Ghana, which brightens the chances of the Super Eagles to be able to bring home the cup.
"But all the same, I am not afraid of the Ghana team, given the present state of our Super Eagles team," he added.
NAN reports that the Super Eagles will now meet Burkina Faso in the tournament's final match on February 10.