Emmanuel Okala has hailed the Super Eagles’ inspiring showing in their 2-1 win against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Wednesday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal match, saying it was a stand out performance which confirms that the Gernot Rohr’s men raise their game in every single match, Completesports.com reports.
Winner of the AFCON in 1980 in Lagos, the former Enugu Rangers goaltender says the Eagles have continued to water Nigerians’ appetite for a possible title triumph in the Pharaohs’ land on July 19.
“I watched a Super Eagles team that showed they are indeed serious in the AFCON tournament,” Okala who is called ‘Man Mountain’ because of his intimidating height told Completesports.com.
“I was impressed, I believe every other Nigerian was, not just about the fact that they won, but also about the team’s quality of play.
“They seem to get better in every game. Surely, they have learnt from the Madagascar blip and are now out to fire from every cylinder.
“(Odion) Ighalo was the standout performer in the game against Cameroon. Certainly, he was going be a marked man against South Africa and Rohr responded well by drafting a different match plan that caught the Bafana Bafana team off their strides, hence the goals came from the scorers they least expected.
“It shows the strength of the team, their quality. Every player on the field is a potential scorer,” Okala stressed.
Despite his glowing words for the three-time African Champions, Okala raises concern about the team’s goalkeeping department.
“We still have some worries in the goalkeeping area. It is not about sounding as an alarmist, but that’s a fact,” the one time Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer said.
By Sab Osuji
(pix: by Ganiyu Yusuf in Cairo)