Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Tuesday, beat the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0, courtesy of a Kelechi Iheanacho 30th minute goal, in their opening Group D match in Garoua at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu, Jan. 11, 2022
Reacting to the result, a former Coach and Captain of the Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu, hailed the team’s resilience and hard work in winning their first match noting that with the win, the national team had passed its Group D hurdles, as the Egyptian side before now posed a major threat to the qualification of Nigeria from the group.
Chukwu made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday while reacting to the Super Eagles’ encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt.
“We are very happy. A well-executed match and the match that really showcased the quality the Super Eagles are made of.
“The Super Eagles dominated the play with a lot of hard work and resilience throughout the game,” he said.
Chukwu also commended the Super Eagles’ Coach, Austin Eguavoen, for his hard work in putting the team in shape, saying that the match was played with a team spirit.
He said that the team needed to make constant changes as the need arises.
“However, for now, our team is in order and I believe they will do exploits in this continental event,” he said.
NAN reports that the 2021 AFCON tournament kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Cameroon and the Super Eagles is drawn in Group D alongside Egypt, Guinea Bissau and Sudan.
NAN also reports that the Super Eagles had won the tournament three times; in Nigeria in 1980; Tunisia in 1994; and South Africa in 2013.