Ekoku Celebrates Super Eagles’ 2019 AFCON Ticket

Ekoku Celebrates Super Eagles’ 2019 AFCON Ticket

By Adeboye Amosu:
Former Super Eagles forward, Efan Ekoku, is happy to see the team make a return to the Africa Cup of Nations finals following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana of South Africa , reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Gernot Rohr’s men clinched a place in the tournament billed for Cameroon next year after missing out on the previous two editions following the hard earned draw at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles were unlucky not to have won the game after two questionable offside calls denied them two more goals.

The result cemented Super Eagles position at the top of the table with 10 points while South Africa who are a point behind them occupy second place.

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The Mediterranean Knights of Libya who defeated Seychelles 8-1 in Victoria also on Saturday occupy third position in the group with seven points, while Seychelles are on one point.

“Nigerian Super Eagles back at the Nations Cup next year, congrats boys, look forward to Cameroon 2019,” reads a tweet on Ekoku’s Twitter handle.

Ekoku was a member of the Super Eagles side that won 1994 AFCON title in Tunisia.

The Super Eagles will face Seychelles in their last 2019 AFCON qualifying match in March 2019.

Up next for the three -time African champions is the international friendly fixture against Cranes of Uganda on Tuesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba.


  • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

    Some people are not celebrating obviously. Or maybe its not yet 17th of November in the part of the world where they reside.
    Their shame cannot allow them put their pride and over bloated egos aside to congratulate the coach, the team and fellow Nigerians for another smooth sailing qualification series devoid of permutations and combinations, heart attack football or dying minute do or die last match must wins. The same way their mouths were too big and their chests too filled with pride to congratulate a hitherto much maligned striker for a resurgence which saw him net 6 in 3 matches, including a hat trick. Not many a legend in the SE can boast of having scored a hat trick for the national team
    See how much hatred poisons a man’s heart…so much that all such fellow wants is the downfall of his supposed adversary so that he can celebrate and tell the rest of the world…”I said it”.
    I’m glad to announce to them that their “day of Joy” has been further postponed by at least another one year. Let them continue to weep,mourn, yell and cry till then bcos no jupiter will remove the coach for their Amrouche till then.
    You can beef a coach for not winning games, you can beef a coach for playing boring patternless football, you can beef a coach for partiality in selections or suspected bribery before call-ups……but to beef a coach who is churning out results after results and meeting his deliverable even with resources to spare, just because he didnt invite your “favored” players who aren’t in anyway better than the ones at hand is treason in itself.
    Anyone who knows where such people are….tell them Nigeria played a 1-1 draw with SA in Jo’burg on the 17th november 2018 and hence qualified for 2019 AFCON in Cameroon with a game to spare. We are waiting for them to come and congratulate the team before crawling back into their caves to continue eating their pies of humiliation that they are being continually served.
    G. Rohr will definitely fail someday….whether by ommission or commission… all coaches do…! But till then, we WELL MEANING fans of the Super Eagles will continue to celebrate every bit of success he achieves as the manager of the team.

  • Oluptan 6 months ago

    I think as much as we have secured qualification to the AFCON finals there still are much works to be done on this team. I expected the Super Eagles to play as formidable World Cup team with flare and authority but that was totally not the case. At a point in the match iheanacho was a total disappointment which was supposed to be replaced by the ferocious and more workaholic Isaac Success. However, the coach never dim it fit to make a substitution and the South Africans dictated play and made us look so ordinary. This should be worked upon. Howbeit our players can show great intelligent skills as their opponent,who I think is only lacking in finesse physically. Without doubt Gernot Rohr has done a great job but I believe we can up our game. Saturday’s performance will not win us AFCON and the players should really show they are up to it less we would just not make the desired impact expected of us at next year’s footballing showpiece.

  • Olupotan 6 months ago

    We need to up our game if we are to be serious contender at next year AFCON.At a point our performance was totally abject and pedestrian and the South Africans really played and outplayed us. Hopefully, we would begin to show that we not pretenders but serious contender in Africa and world football.

    • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

      Pls how many shots at goal this SA have in that match…? Just one…the one they scored. Ezenwa barely held the ball for more than 3 times all through that game. There’s what they call game management in football. Game management simply teaches you to choose your battles wisely so you dont expend your energy in futility. For all the “outplaying” the SA did…wat was their end result…??? what was the output…??? Did they in anyway threaten us, especially in the 2nd half. Playing at high altitude our players needed to conserve their energy wisely. It was a wise move to allow the home team do all the playing so far they were not threatening. it would have been disastrous if we were burnt out by the 70th minute…but ironically…it was them that appeared burnt out both physically and mentally and that was why their wingers couldn’t engage our defenders on one-on-ones as their coach had planned. They had to resort to long balls which ended up not working….while they were wearing out…we could have hit them late in the game, which we actually did, but no thanks to the dubious officials.
      Of course we cant play like this in afcon bcos we wont only train for 3 days before heading to cameroun. We would have had a closed camping of at least 3 weeks where more refining and fine-tuning will be done.
      But as for last weekend’s game….it was perfectly managed and kudos to the technical team and the players for doing so perfectly. If not for the referees…that was supposed to be another away win for us. Nowadays it always take referees to deny us wins away from home. A similar terrible officiating gave Algeria the opportunity to equalize via the penalty spot last year. Even the algerian player thought the call was against him for fouling shehu abdulahi.

    • Olupotan, indeed we do need to up our game. I couldn’t agree with you more.
      What is bad can be good and what is good can be better.
      We are good but we can be better by upping our game like you said.
      The statistics does prove that the Super Eagles were more purposeful on the day plus the high altitude did our players no favours.
      But, all those factors do not hide the areas that we need to improve as a team.
      All in all, from one perspective, you spoke sense despite what some might say.

  • Samiyo 6 months ago

    Super Eagles needs to improve in the defence, Keneths was jittery all through, Bad communication with Ekong. Collins will find very difficult against pacy wingers, we should be on the lookout for left back.
    The coach should make his changes earlier to get fresh players impactful in a game. Ezenwa is not there yet. Uzoho should retain no 1. Spot.
    Congrats to them.

  • What did we learn on Saturday?
    1. That even without the spine of the team, without key parts of the team (first choice goal keeper, first choice right back,best midfielders, best striker) we can still go and get a result against am average team.
    Yes South Africa were average and nowhere at the level of say Tunisia or Morocco or Senegal.
    2. That we did so despite the match officials cancelling our two goals. The result should have been 2-1 or 3-1 in our favour oyf not for off side decisions going against us wrongly
    3. That we did so even without acclimatising for altitude. South Africa knew what they were doing when they played the match in the elevated height of Johannesburg
    5. The Super Eagles are able to grind out results and know that they have to work twice as hard in order to make sure that even if decisions do not go our way we still succeed

    • Baba k 6 months ago

      Ogbeni chop knuckles. You don speak sense pass sensei.

      Wetin Eagles don do? We don qualify for Afcon 2019. Cost finsis. We should be celebrating and rejoicing with the team.

      Rohr sabi say e gast work double for Afcon 2019 and I’m sure he will deliver.

      Congrats Lads!!