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AFCON: Super Eagles celebrate Sudan victory, promise more wins ahead

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea Bissau next in their final group game on Wednesday.

• January 16, 2022
Super Eagles
Super Eagles

Players of the Super Eagles have expressed joy over their victory against Sudan, noting however, that there is still more work ahead.

The Eagles are billed to face Guinea Bissau in their final group game on January 19.

The Eagles beat Sudan 3-1 in a Group D clash at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to advance to the knockout phase of the competition.

Some of the players who spoke after their victory, said the team gave a good account of themselves, and promised more victories going forward.

William Troost-Ekong, team captain, said the team deserved their victory over Sudan, noting that they were aiming to win their last group game.

“I think today was a different challenge again. Just like in our first game, the first half I thought we were a little bit slow but in the second half we came out well.

“We are still a good side, even when we don’t perform well just like in the first game. We still managed to score goals and I think we deserve to win this game.

“All in all, we have six point most importantly and through to the next round but we surely want to win our last game,” he said.

On the Eagles conceding a penalty, Ekong noted that the team was still playing well at the time but was unlucky to have conceded the penalty.

“Aina put a wrong step in the player’s foot in the box and sometimes with VAR you are going to have this decisions and I think we played better in the second half than in the first,” he said.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi said “So far it’s been good and we have six points now, which is very important and we look forward to the next game.

“There’s always room for improvement and we don’t think this is our best yet but we know that we will keep improving with each game as we move to the next round.

“So, there are still more games to come and we will see what happens.

“Our expectation now is to try and win our final group game as much as we know that we have qualified but we try to take every game as the finals,” he said.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye said he was happy with the win, pointing out, however, that it would have been even sweeter if the team had kept a clean sheet.

“When I realised that it was a penalty, I guess all I wanted to do was to save the penalty for the team but it didn’t happen.

“It would have been sweeter if we had conceded no goal but the most important thing is that we qualified for our country, our families and now we keep on going.

“We now have to be fully focused and give our best in our final group game because there are some teams or country, so we have to do everything to get another three points,” he said.

Union Berlin forward Taiwo Owoniyi on his part said it was a sweet victory, insisting that the team still had a long way to go.

“It was a sweet victory and we are very happy that we were able to make our country, our families as well as all Nigerians proud.

“We still have a long way to go in the competition although and I think the style of our coach in giving the boys more freedom to express themselves in the field of play is really working for the team.”

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea Bissau next in their final group game on Wednesday at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon.


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