Soccer fans in Kaduna on Tuesday tasked Super Eagles to do everything
possible to win their next match with South Africa and qualify for semi
finals. The soccer fans, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN), said the Super Eagles should approach the match with
determination and play as a team.

Isaiah Benjamin, Chairman,
Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, Kaduna chapter, said although
expectations were high, however, with a good play, the Eagles would be
victorious. “South Africa is certainly not a team that can be taken for
granted. The Super Eagles must put in more efforts to scale through to
semi finals. “Indeed, the games are getting tougher, but with
determination and team play, I see them emerging victorious,” Benjamin
said.

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A Sports Analyst, Vincent Akinbami , expressed optimism
that with team work, there would be a good outcome. “What was lacking in
the team before was team work and team spirit, but so far, I will say
they have been adjusting. “With the Egyptian fans behind us and the new
spirit in the team, I see them scaling through. “Iwobi is beginning to
know the responsibility bestowed upon him; the attackers too are
building confidence. I see them beating South Africa and getting better
with every match till the cup is won,” Akinbami said. Another Sports
Analyst, Jide Bodunde, said the Super Eagles needed extra efforts to win
the match.

“On paper, you expect the Super Eagles to win, but
football has gone beyond that. “Super Eagles had not defeated South
Africa in the last five meetings. South Africa have had one win and
finished the remaining four in draws. “I believe the Super Eagles will
beat South Africa but it won’t come easy. A country that eliminated the
host country (Egypt) and pre-tournament’s favourite in the presence of
over 60,000 fans should be taken seriously.

“They have players
like Tacey Taw who loves scoring against Nigeria and Lorch who scored
the goal against Egypt as their key men. They should therefore be
closely watched,” he said. Bodunde expressed happiness with Odion Ighalo
for rediscovering his scoring form which, he said, was good for the
Super Eagles. According to him, Alex Iwobi is also one key player for
the Super Eagles. “My biggest worry is our defence line. They were shaky
against Cameroon, thereby exposing the goalkeeper, a situation that
made him to concede two easy goals.

“My prediction is 2-1 in
favour of the Super Eagles,” the sport analyst said. A Football Fan,
Abdulmalik Yusuf, said with determination, Super Eagles would win the
match. “We are winning the match in spite of having a confused coach
who, up till now, does not know his first 11. “The players should be
determined and the outcome will be good,” he said. Yusuf said Nigerians
were ready to support the team with prayers but appealed to the Federal
Government to give them necessary encouragements to boost their morale.
(NAN)

Source:- Dailytrustng

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