Nigerians are almost certain that the country’s national football team, the Super Eagles, will replicate their sterling performance last Friday as they play the 2nd leg of the World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun in Yaounde.
The Super Eagles devoured the Indomitable Lions with a 4-nil at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in Southern Nigeria last Friday.
Signaturetv.com.ng investigation reveals that Nigerians are anxiously waiting to watch the match which kicks off later Monday evening. Incidentally, Nigerians are also observing this Monday as a public holiday in observance of the Ed-el-kabir festival.
Football enthusiasts, especially those who could not travel to nearby Cameroun for the match, are making arrangements to watch the football completion at homes, viewing centers, drinking pubs and in the offices for those on essential duty.
At one of the viewing centers in Garki area of Abuja, Uche Nwankwo, was almost betting that the Super Eagles will beat the Indomitable Lions in Cameroun. “The Eagles are in their best form this time around. “No team in Africa can stand their way this time around”, he enthused frantically. “Did you watch their performance in Uyo? They were simply mesmerizing”, he continued. “I can bet my life that the Eagles will eat the Lions raw in their own country”, Mr. Nwankwo continued sacarstically.
Miss Agnes Omenka, another enthusiast said she cannot miss the match. “I am not good at watching football but last Friday’s match thrilled me a lot. I must not miss the return match today”, she insisted. “The Super Eagles are simply amazing. At least they are giving us something else to talk about in this country. Each time they are playing, you see Nigerians in unison”, she concluded.
On Friday, the quartet of Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, humiliated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun, with 4-0 drubbing which sank the hope of the Lions for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
At a press conference after the match on Friday, the Indomitable Lions coach, Hugo Broos, lost hope over the ability of the African raining champion to make the World Cup. “We will just play for pride, because I am sure we have lost hope for the World Cup. I will not be surprised if I loose my job”, tearfully said.
But the Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, says he will take the return leg in Cameroun very seriously. “We know that the Indomitable Lions have been defeated here in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, but we are not giving anything to chance. The Lions, no doubt will come out to revenge the huge defeat in their country, we will however not give anything to chance. It’s a World Cup qualifier and we will not give anything to chance”, he concluded.
Nigerians predict that the match will end 2-0 or 2-1 in favour of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who they say are on their way to Russia.
Although, it is expected that the Indomitables will fight like a wounded Lion, Nigerians are optimistic that the Super Eagles will consolidate on their winning streaks to book a place for the 2018 mundial.
write up/Obiora Ani