–Hails Keshi’s team’s turnaround as miraculous
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Kaduna United coach Ben Duamlong has hailed the heartwarming result of the Super Eagles last Saturday in their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Red Devils of Congo in Point Noire, but warned that, Stephen Keshi and his players must beware of South Africa, reports Completesportsnigeria.com
Two goals from Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel on Saturday nicked the 2-0 victory for the Eagles who are now on a superior goals difference and better head-to-head than Congo.
As Nigerians look forward to Wednesday’s game against South Africa which is the last of the qualifying games, at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, Duamlong bared his mind to Completesportsnigeria.com on his expectations from the match.
“Firstly, I want to commend the team (Super Eagles) for the win over Congo. The performance may not have been the best we hoped for, but you can’t fault the desire of the players,” the one-time Super Eagles assistant coach stated.
The veteran coach then warned that the game against Shakes Mashaba’s side will not be easy for the African champions.
“The game against South Africa will not be easy because they (South Africa) have been second best when playing against Nigeria, so they would want to get a win here despite already qualified for the Nations Cup.
“The Eagles should just approach the game as if they are involved in a tournament and not see the South Africans as that team they have always beaten. I believe the boys (Eagles) will rise to the occasion,” Duamlong stressed.
“The team started the qualification race rather poorly and many Nigerians had even given up on the chances of the team qualifying and defending their Nations Cup title, but I must say that the turnaround in results have been great. Getting the second goal against Congo whilst the match was almost ended was simply miraculous.
“The substitutions made by Keshi were spot-on too,” Duamlong concluded.