Lagos - Some coaches and ex-international have hailed the 4-1 emphatic
victory by the home-based Super Eagles over visiting Elephants of Cote
d’ Ivoire in Kaduna on Saturday.
The tie was the first of a two-legged qualifying match for the
African Nations Championship (CHAN), played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium,
The respondents described the performance as inspiring and a victory that could make the second leg encounter a mere formality.
There were two goals from Sunday Mba, a set piece converted by Gambo
Mohammed and the fourth strike by Emeka Eze, that gave the Eagles the
resounding stamp of authority on the match.
Paul Hamilton, a former Super Falcons Coach, told the News Agency ofNigeria (NAN) that it was a good match.
"I am happy that the home-based players showcased the exposure and
experience that they gathered during the World cup qualifying matches.
"They should continue with this tempo; they started well and should work harder, and to continue to improve’’.
According to him, a good team-play will make them to emerge victorious at all times.
He added that he did not see how anything could happen during the reverse fixture to deny the Eagles the opportunity to advance.
Henry Nwosu, a former captain of the Eagles, said he was happy that
the home-based players proved that they could do `exceedingly’ well.
"I predicted a win for the Eagles and it came to pass. I am hopeful that we shall prevail in the second leg.
"They have shown their ability to get far, and if they keep doing
well, some of them will be infused into the main Super Eagles squad’’.
From Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, the Dolphins FC Manager, said the
home-based Eagles had shown that they might be team to beat when they
For Mutiu Adepoju, a former Eagles midfielder, the result was fantastic.
"Its a fantastic result. It’s not finished yet. They still will need to show how well they can play away from home.
"The margin is three-nil; all we need to do is to consolidate on that and try to score as well during the return leg.
"I'm hopeful we will qualify, but we should not just sit back and feel that everything is done,’’ Adepoju added.
Bright Omokaro, a former Eagles’ defender, praised Coach Stephen
Keshi for "the superb performance of the Eagles in the 4-1 victory.
"This is a good outing; I believe that Keshi has a great plan for this Nigerian squad.
"He is a good technician, not because I played with him way back,
but overall, he has something great coming and I know he will do
amazing things with the squad,’’ he said.