The Super Eagles of Nigeria has defeated Angola in the quart final duel with Angola to advance to semifinal of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Lookman’s first half goal
Moses Simon’s perceptive pass gave Lookman the rear chance to score his third goal of the knockout stage
With the victory over Angola the Super Eagles have been tipped to be the new tournament favourites however their opponents with confident had created occasional scare.
This is the first time Nigeria have won four consecutive matches at a single Afcon edition without conceding a goal.
Having scored two goals against Cameroon in the last 16 as his first ever Afcon goals, Lookman has become the fourth Nigerian to score at least three goals in the knockout rounds of a single Afcon tournament, after Odion Ighalo in 2019 (4), Jay-Jay Okocha in 2004 (3) and Rashidi Yekini in 1994 (3).
Governor Ododo applauds Nigeria’s’ Win Over South Africa
***Urges Super Eagles To Go For Gold
By Friday Idachaba Lokoja
Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has applauded the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their Wednesday night triumph over Bafana Bafana of South Africa and qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ododo who gave the applaud in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismaila Isah on Thursday in Lokoja commended the Super Eagles for their display of resilience and the “Can-do Spirit” of Nigerians.
He said that the Eagles in the thrilling semi final encounter held their nerves throughout the game and the emotionally charged penalty shootout won by the Super Eagles 4:2.
The Governor noted that the build up to the game demonstrated the undiluted passion by which Nigerians are known to rally in defence of their country in difficult times.
Ododo equally urged all Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles to soar in their quest to bring home the coveted continental trophy.
“This win by the Super Eagles proves that Nigeria has what it takes to bounce back from its temporary setbacks as a nation.
“We are inspired as a country and we must all support the Super Eagles to bring home the trophy as they go against the Ivory Coast in the Final this weekend”, Governor Ododo said.
The Governor also urged all Nigerians to pray fervently for the Super Eagles to clinch the Nations Cup adding that the team needed the support of all Nigerians to bring home the trophy. (Ends)
Nigeria trashes South Africa to advance to final
The Nigerian National Team, Super Eagles has defeated South African Bafana Bafana on penalties at the Stade de la Paix (Stadium of Peace) in Bouake, Ivory Coast to advanced to the final of the African Cup of Nations
Kelechi Ihenacho scored the winning penalty for Super Eagles as Nigeria displaced the South African team from the final of Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria opened the scoring in the 67th minute through a penalty after Osimhen made his mark.
South Africa star player Mokoena equalised in the 90th minute sending the game to extra time, the extra time ended in a stalemate, and the game advanced to penalties.
Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, saved two penalties, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning penalty to send the Eagles to the final
AFCON 2023: Enoh urges supper Eagles to secure victory against Ivory Coast
The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to
make a lasting impression as they prepare for a crucial clash against Ivory Coast in their second group game at the African Cup of Nations by winning the crucial match.
The Minister who made the call on Thursday in his office in Abuja, urged the team to make amends for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea by securing a victory against their host.
A statement by the director of Press and public relations Muhammed Manga quoted
Senator Enoh to have given the indication that
Thursday’s game is an opportunity for the Nigerian team to make a statement by going ahead to feast on the Elephants in their backyard.
“I am urging the Super Eagles to remain resolute, as we will be playing against 11 players on the pitch, the home fans, and even the weather. We must be mentally superior for the entire duration of the game, as we need to secure a victory to boost our chances of advancing to the next round” he said
He stated further that the government and people of Nigeria are behind the Super Eagles who have always been a source of pride for our nation.
“I call upon each player to give his best on the field and make a lasting impression.”
The Minister, however, observed that “winning the second game against Ivory Coast is not just a victory for the team but a statement of our football prowess on the continent.”
Senator Enoh referenced the 2013 victory en route Nigeria’s march to winning the AFCON in South Africa. He said Nigeria defeated the Ivorians when no one gave them a chance against a star-studded Ivorian team.
“We held our own down that night in South Africa, playing against the golden generation of ivorian football to claim a sweet 2-1 victory in the quarterfinal. If we did it ten years ago, then let’s do it again” the minister said
While calling on Nigerians to pray for the Super Eagles’ success at the games, the Minister extended his best wishes to the coaching staff, support personnel, and the entire Nigerian football community
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