Players of the Super Eagles have expressed joy over their victory against Sudan, noting however, that there is still more work ahead.
The Eagles are billed to face Guinea Bissau in their final group game on Jan. 19.
The Eagles beat their Sudanese counterparts 3-1 in a Group D clash at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to advance to the knockout phase of the competition.
A cross-section of the players, interviewed after the team’s victory said the team gave a good account of themselves, adding however, that there was still more work to be done.
Eagles Captain William Troost-Ekong said that the team deserved their victory over their Sudanese counterparts, noting that they still want to go ahead and win their last group game.
“I think today was a different challenge again. Just like in our first game, the first half I thought we were a little bit slow but in the second half we came out well.
“We are still a good side, even when we don’t perform well just like in the first game. We still managed to score goals and I think we deserve to win this game.
“All in all, we have six point most importantly and through to the next round but we surely want to win our last game,” he said.
On the Eagles conceding a penalty, Ekong noted that the team was still playing well at the time but was unlucky to have conceded the penalty.
“Aina put a wrong step in the player’s foot in the box and sometimes with VAR you are going to have this decisions and I think we played better in the second half than in the first,” he said.
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said: “So far it’s been good and we have six points now, which is very important and we look forward to the next game.
“There’s always room for improvement and we don’t think this is our best yet but we know that we will keep improving with each game as we move to the next round.
“So, there are still more games to come and we will see what happens.
“Our expectation now is to try and win our final group game as much as we know that we have qualified but we try to take every game as the finals,” he said.
AFCON 2021: Nigeria whip Sudan 3-1, zoom into knockout phase
Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye said he was happy with the win, pointing out, however, that it would have been even sweeter if the team had kept a clean sheet.
The Super Eagles will next take on Guinea Bissau in their final group game on Wednesday at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon. (NAN)
NFF Seeks Increased Corporate Organisations Funding of Nigerian Football
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has called on corporate organisations to increase support to the federation to help develop football in the country.
The NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau made the call when MTN Nigeria hosted the Super Eagles on Tuesday in Abuja.
Reports says that Super Eagles finished as runner up to the host country, Ivory Coast at the just concluded 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d`Ivoire.
Gusau said without finance the team would not have achieved what it achieved in the tournament.
“All of us today would have loved to be celebrating here with the trophy but unfortunately God knows why.
“We thank God at least as we heard from the captain this is the beginning of the new dawn as far as Nigerian football is concerned.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank MTN for their support and I hope that other corporate organisations will come up to see how they can support us the most.
“Without finances we cannot achieve what we have been able to achieve, so we need more corporate organisations to support us to build on what we have so far built,” he said.
The Chairman MTN Board of Directors, Prof. Ernest Ndukwe, said that MTN’s support for the Eagles was its own way of giving back to the society.
“This is because MTN is a sport loving organisation. Over the years, we have always wanted to support the Super Eagles in various ways. MTN is fully committed to continuing the Super Eagles.
“We are building a nation where sports have a great role to play as a unifying force. So if we support sports, we are actually promoting unity among Nigerians,” he said.
The MTN’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Karl Toriola on his part appreciated the emotional commitment of the players to succeed.
“What I liked about this team which we haven’t seen in other teams of other nations was the visible emotional commitment to succeed.
“Unfortunately we didn’t bring the cup home but that is always going to be difficult when you are playing against your host country.
“You guys have shown your complete commitment through your leadership, and we are extremely proud of you supporting the Nigerian football federation and the super eagles,” he said
Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, thanked everyone that supported the team all through their preparations and the tournament proper.
“To the NFF I thank you, MTN I thank you, Nigerians I thank you for all the support,”he said
The Assistant Captain of the Super Eagles, Troost Ekong who spoke on behalf of the team, said this was the beginning of a new era.
“Thank you NFF, thank you MTN, thank you Nigerians, thank you our fans. We have given everything we have and have made everyone proud.
“We will be better in the future. Because this is not the end but the beginning of something new and we are hoping for the best,”he said.
Mrs Ifueko Okauru, Board Member, MTN Nigeria and former Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), said MTN supported all gender, age brackets, abled and disabled persons in the society.
“MTN supports all genders and all of us able and disabled, young and old. Whatever is needed to support MTN is here to support.
“Sports development is more than just what corporate organisations do; it needs significant funding and it also needs passion to ensure that this is done and done excellently.
“I must say though we all love sports, the fans are a major part of sports development.
“The economic condition of the fans is very important to ensure that as a corporate organization, we drive sports development by encouraging fans development and developing businesses around sports to grow sports,” he said. (NAN)
Côte d’Ivoire wins African Cup of Nations after Defeating Nigeria.
THE host, Elephants Of Ivory Coast beat Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 to win the Africa Cup of Nations 2023.
It’s was all Ivory Coast but they weren’t able to make their possession count and Nigeria strike with their first serious attempt in the 38th minute.
A corner is only half cleared to William Troost-Ekong who powers a header into the net.
The centre-back and captain Troost-Ekong has scored three goals at this year’s Afcon.That’s one more than he managed during his whole 68 appearances in three seasons at Watford.
Ivory Coast got a deserved equaliser in the 62nd minute, as poor marking allows Franck Kessie to head his country back with a fine corner from Gradel.
The host took the lead in the 81st-Minute, the roof came off as Sebastien Haller sticks out a leg to turn Simon Adingra’s cross past Super Eagles keeper, Nwabali.
The Super Eagles have lost more Afcon finals than they have won.
About 2 Billion People Watching 2023 AFCON—- CAF President
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Patrice Motsepe, on Friday in Abidjan said about two billion people globally are watching the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.
Motsepe disclosed this at a news conference, ahead of the AFCON final on Saturday.
He described the feat as an achievement that Africans should be proud of.
“We have had close to two billion people watching AFCON globally.We should be proud as Africans and the next one will be even better.
“The success of Africa depends upon Africa working together, trading together, and in football, countries competing and playing together,” he said.
Reports says that the organisation of the tournament has so far been top notch, with six beautiful stadia across five cities hosting the continental showpiece.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns with hosts Cote d’Ivoire in a block burster final on Sunday at the 60, 000 capacity Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpé in the outskirts of Abidjan.
While the third-place match on Saturday between South Africa and DR Congo is slated for the iconic Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny also in Abidjan.(NAN)
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