The breath-taking 3-2 win by Nigeria over Cameroun at Egypt AFCON 2019 has kept fans talking.
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 in Abuja noted that it was a sweet comeback win for the Super Eagles.
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,” 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.
Soccer fans in Benin-City said the Super Eagles must buckle up, if they intend to win the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition in Egypt.
Football fan John Omoruyi said though there was more seriousness in the team’s approach in the match against Cameroon, but added that more needed to be done for the team to move beyond the quarter finals.
“I must commend the team for its victory against Cameroon on Saturday; there was much improvement in the match compared to the group stage.
“The team must however work hard to further improve in all the departments of the game, especially the link between the midfield and the attack,” he said.
Another fan, Ogun Omotola, corroborated Omoruyi’s claim saying that the coveted trophy is not out of the reach of the Eagles.
“Yes, we can and should win the cup for the 4th time if we continue with the same run of play that saw us defeating Cameroon. All we need is more aggressiveness and determination on the part of our team,” he stated.
The Deputy National Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigerian (SWAN), Umar Said, said the Super Eagles still needed to address some lapses to clinch the trophy in the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
“I am happy as a Nigerian that Nigeria defeated Cameroon 3-2, but I have a lot of concern about their performances.
“My major concern is that we have a lot of homework to do, especially our defence line, because the goals scored by the Camerounians was as a result of defensive blunders,” he said.
Nigeria will face South Africa in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The Bafana Bafana stunned hosts Egypt 1-0 on Saturday to set up clash with the 2013 AFCON winners.