Monday, 11 February 2013

Super Eagles of Nigeria Now Champions of Africa..

Forty minutes into the first half, home based player Sunday Mba gave the Super Eagles a deserved goal "1-0". This is a second goal of the tournament, having struck a superb match-winner in the 2-1 quarter final defeat of Ivory Coast. The Super Eagle made the breakthrough just before half-time when Mba clipped the ball into the goal post.

The victory is historical for us here in Nigeria. This has taken 19 good years to win the African Nations Cup and the third time it was doing so since it first took part in the continental soccer fiesta in 1963.

This result took the winning coach Stephen Keshi into the record book by winning gold medals as a player and as a coach. This is also the first time in 21 years that a black African coach has won the cup. Yeo Martial an old coach from Cote d'Ivoire was the last to do so in 1992.

Reacting to the victory, the winning coach Stephen Keshi, stated that “winning this is mainly for my nation – when I came on board a year and a half ago my dream was to make all Nigerians happy, and to construct a great Nigerian team, We are not there yet, it’s still in process.

Among the rewards for the Super Eagles is a $1.5 million first prize and a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they will face world and European champions Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay.

It was a win that was fully deserved as Nigeria comfortably beat a tired-looking Burkina Faso, who struggled to make an impact in their maiden final appearance.

Five Nigerians were named in the tournament’s best 11. They are Emenike, Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Efe Ambrose

Congrats Super Eagles and Up Nigeria

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