As Nigeria’s Super Eagles get set to confront the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the last eight of AFCON 2019, Nigerian fans have been speaking on what to expect in what promises to produce fireworks in Cairo.
For overwhelming majority of Nigerian fans, the match “must be won’’ if Nigeria is to qualify for the semi finals or to have any chance of winning the trophy.
“I am confident that in spite of the lack luster performance of the team in the group stages, the Eagles will win convincingly,” said Idris Zubair, a Kano-based fan.
Another fan, Aliyu Momoh, urged the team to beat South Africa to brighten their chances to win the trophy.
”I want the boys to approach the match with all seriousness like what they did against Cameroon and they must be committed to the game.
“I see Nigeria winning the game ,” Momoh said.
A school of thought believes the Super Eagles must remain focused and not take the dangerous South Africans for granted.
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.
Ifeanyi Okonkwo, a soccer fan in Enugu, called on the Super Eagles to show more commitment and determination to beat the South Africans.
Okonkwo said that the handlers of the Eagles must build the ` confidence of the team when they file out against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
“We are looking forward to a superb performance, which I know the Super Eagles can give once more,’’ he said.
Norbert Okoli, Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Enugu State Chapter, said that the Eagles needed to continue to play as a team.
Okoli urged the Eagles to take the game to the South Africans and put them under pressure.
“The national team must go all out for the kill and ensure that they do not give them a breathing space in the match,’’ he said.
A win for Nigeria will set up an even bigger semi-final clash with the winners of the Algeria-Ivory Coast encounter