Some football fans in Abuja on Saturday hailed the Super Eagles for their comeback win over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Eagles soared into the quarter finals of the 2019 AFCON in Alexandria, coming from behind to beat Cameroon 3- 2, thanks to Odion Ighalo’s brace and another goal from Alex Iwobi.
A cross section of football fans, who watched the game at the Nook Garden in Wuse Zone 5, noted that it was a sweet comeback win for the Super Eagles.
They, however, noted that there was still room for improvement in the team.
Bolu Olaosebikan, a public servant, said the boys were better going forward, but need to show more quality in the defensive department.
“What a comeback, nice one. I loved the attacking flair displayed by the boys today.
“They showed great fighting spirit to come back after going down 1-2 in the first half.
“Nice goals from Ighalo and Iwobi but we need to improve in the defence,” he said.
Daniel Onyemelukwe, a businessman admitted that it was a close contest, adding that, however, he could hardly fault the performance of the team.
“Congratulations on the win. What a performance by the team.
“We must, however, admit that it was a close contest.
“We played against a Cameroonian side that hadn’t conceded a goal in the competition prior to this game.
“We must also remember that they were the defending Champions. So, we cannot fault the boys too much.
” I think we need more strikers in the team as only one man cannot do it alone.
“We also need a strong midfield not just our wingers,” he said.
Femi Oyelade, an entrepreneur, said that he was happy that the boys were able to redeem image of the country after the shambolic display against Madagascar.
“Great performance from Chigozie Awaziem and Ighalo. Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa also had a good second half.
“It’s always a classic whenever Nigeria and Cameroon play each other and I was confident and positive that the boys will come good today.
“If you check history, you will find out that Nigeria has never failed to reach the last four whenever they qualified since 1994, just as Cameroon has never beaten Nigeria in open play since 1982.
“They did it again and I am so proud of what the boys have achieved.
“However, I must warn that playing against hosts Egypt in the quarter finals will be a tougher task, so all hands must, therefore, be on deck,” he said.