Nigeria’s former vice president Atiku Abubakar has saluted the battling display of the Super Eagles in Monday’s Round of 16 defeat to France.
Stephen Keshi’s team lost the game 2-0 to exit the tournament despite a very encouraging performance from the team.
However, a goal by Man-of-the-match winner, Paul Pogba and an own goal from Joseph Yobo denied Nigeria a passage to the quarter-finals.
Atiku, who loves football passionately and is an avid Arsenal FC of England fan took to twitter to hail the qualities of the Nigerian team and highlights what he feels was the reason for the Eagles’ defeat in the game played in Brasilia.
“Our Super Eagles did very well. They played well today.
“The injury to our number 17 (Ogenyi Onazi) really affected the game,” the former Nigerian number two citizen remarks on the social media platform.
Atiku, a one-time Nigeria Customs Service officer was not the only one that praised the industry of the Eagles. Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde who took the team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan but failed to progress beyond the group phase had good words for the team while speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com.
“The Super Eagles may not have won, but we have indeed clearly seen that the team can match any team in the world.
“There were some lapses which cost the Eagles the game against France but the team will learn from this experience and become a better side.
“The 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers will kick off in few months time and we need to move on from the disappointment of not advancing to the quarter-finals.
“The French team have a very good squad and were indeed stretched by the Nigerian side. I hope the Nigerian defeat will only serve to galvanise the team and not weight them down,” Onigbinde stated.