President of Nigeria Soccer Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau mentioned on Friday that the Tremendous Eagles’ victory over hosts Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday on the 34th Africa Cup of Nations finals has opened the door of success for the three-time African champions.
“I’ve little question in my thoughts that this victory has opened the door of success for not solely the Tremendous Eagles, however Nigeria Soccer on a common stage. The win has introduced the wanted confidence for us to construct on, and obtain extra successes. Defeating a bunch nation in a contest of this magnitude isn’t any imply feat.
“Lots of people will say nothing has been gained but, and that there is no such thing as a want for a lot pleasure. My message to them is that some little wins do function inspiration and fillip for greater achievements, and you will need to rejoice these little wins in order that they really result in greater accomplishments.”
Gusau recommended the gamers for his or her calmness and very good group in a extremely tactical sport with the Elephants, and mentioned it was a great response to the heavy flaks that adopted Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea.
“I used to be not glad at everywhere in the draw with Equatorial Guinea and I didn’t cover my emotions from the crew. I thank God that they responded nicely towards the Ivorians. I imagine they’ve sufficient of their tank to go all the best way within the competitors. Now, they’ve the magic wand, they are going to make excellent use of it,” mentioned Gusau, as he known as on Nigerians from all walks of life to maintain supporting and praying for the Tremendous Eagles’ success within the ongoing finals.
For the primary time in 57 years, Nigeria defeated Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan at senior stage. In a FIFA World Cup qualifier in 1977, Segun Odegbami and Adokiye Amiesimaka scored to attract the Eagles stage after the Elephants raced to a 2-0 lead. In Could 1993, in one other FIFA World Cup qualifier, Nigeria scored first via Rashidi Yekini and had alternatives to wrap up the sport however didn’t, and the Ivorians scored via Abdoulaye ‘Ben Badi’ Traore and Ibrahim Ouattara to win the sport.
When Nigeria hosted and gained the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, their group part encounter with Cote d’Ivoire was a tricky battle that ended scoreless. When Cote d’Ivoire hosted the competitors 4 years later, each nations didn’t conflict, because the Elephants have been eradicated within the group part whereas the Eagles went all the best way to the Closing.
On Friday, half of the Tremendous Eagles’ squad hung out within the health club within the morning, earlier than the coaching session on the École Nationale de la Police within the night.
Now second on the group A log, the Tremendous Eagles may end as group winners in the event that they win nicely towards Guinea Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea doesn’t humiliate the Elephants. The Elephants, on three factors, won’t be able to meet up with the Tremendous Eagles who can have seven factors after a win over the Wild Canine.
Ought to Equatorial Guinea overcome Cote d’Ivoire, it could be all the way down to targets distinction between them and Nigeria for group management, as each groups ended their encounter 1-1 and head-to-head doesn’t separate them on that rating.
Whereas the hosts tackle Thunder on the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpe, the Tremendous Eagles and the Wild Canine conflict on the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, which is within the centre of Abidjan, near the Embassy of Nigeria.