By Johnny Edward and James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Garba Lawal, and Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile have hailed the country’s U-23s for qualifying for the African U-23 Championship after holding Congo to a 0-0 in Pointe Noire.
In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, Lawal praised coach Samson Siasia and the players for emulating the feat of the 1996 set, who held Egypt to a 1-1 after taking a slim 3-2 lead to Cairo.
“I want to say congratulations to Siasia and his boys. They were able to do what we did in 1995 when we held Egypt to a 1-1 draw after we went there with a 3-2 advantage,” the Atlanta ’96 gold medallist told completesportsnigeria.com.
“They have done themselves and the country proud and I say congratulations to them.”
AS Monaco defender Echiejile also applauded the team after their impressive feat in Pointe Noire on Sunday.
“It’s a good win for the coach and the team,” Echiejile told completesportsnigeria.com.
“I’m impressed with their feat.”
Echiejile charged the team not to relent in their efforts as they still have to win a ticket to feature at the Olympics next year in Rio De Janeiro.
“For them it’s time for them to celebrate but the task is not over yet as they must do well in Senegal again to fly Nigeria’s flag in Brazil,” he added..