Abuja - Football fans have said the quarterfinal match
between Nigeria and Morocco at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN)
will be a real test of the Super Eagles' character.
Both sides will clash on Saturday in Cape Town.
A cross-section of the fans who spoke to the New Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) expressed optimism that the Eagles would be victorious over the
Atlas Lions but noted that it was not going to be an easy game.
Ahmed Kawu, an executive member of the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF), said the game would be a real test for the Eagles because the
North Africans boast of the strongest league on the continent.
“I have watched the Atlas Lions play and I must confess that
they are a disciplined side with tough mental strength just like Nigeria. Most
of their players were called from the Club World Cup finalists, Raja
Casablanca, and they don't concede too many goals”.
“However, going by the standard of this tournament so far,
all the teams are of equal qualities. Therefore, it's going to be a 50/50
situation, but I see the Eagles having a slight advantage over them; we will
hopefully carry the day," he said.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, Secretary, FCT Football Association, said
that though the Moroccans were technically disciplined and very fast with the
ball, the Eagles had their own style of football to always counter their
“If the Eagles play direct and total football, they will be
able to handle and overcome them. I think the Moroccans will struggle to cope
with our pace and power too. I recall that some of their players played against
Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup, Netherlands 2005”.
Godwin Bamigboye, Chairman, Nigeria Football Coaches
Association, FCT Chapter, said that the game against Morocco would be a replica
of the Mali game.
“The CHAN Eagles have improved tremendously and going by the
standard of this tournament so far, all the teams are of equal qualities. Therefore,
I think it's going to be a close game with a possibility of a penalty shootout.
I hope the Eagles carry the day by the grace of God," he said.