Godfrey Gaiya, former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, on Friday applauded the feat of the Super Eagles for defeating Iceland 2-0.
Gaiya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the team had revived Nigeria’s hope for the World Cup.
NAN reports that the Super Eagles defeated Iceland 2-0 in their second Group D match at the Volgograd Arena.
According to him, congratulations to all Nigerians, I am very happy because ab initio, I never thought the team can win any match.
“Having watched their first match, I thought we don’t have a team that can match the Iceland team man to man.
“But I thank God for the spirit of the average Nigerian, the must do spirit has shown itself to be true.
“If Nigerian are determined and very serious, they can turn around things. These Eagles have turned around things that I thought will never happen.
“So, I am so proud as a Nigerian, I identify with the team and I support them solidly,” he said.
Gaiya urged the team to remain focused as they prepare for the next match against Argentina on Tuesday.
Alhassan Yakmut, former Director-General of the defunct National Sports Commission, told NAN that the team was ready now for the World Cup.
Yakmut said that the victory had shown that Nigeria had the capacity to overcome all challenges if the right spirit was applied.
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He said that the match between Nigeria and Croatia was not spectacular but the luckier side won because their attack had more bite than that of the Eagles.
“The Eagles that played today had the bite that was missing in the match against Croatia because their managers mismanaged the reserve bench.
“Today, the pairing was good and all the players were in good formation which brought the victory,” he said.
NAN reports that the result means all three teams in the group remain in contention to move to the next round with Croatia.
NAN reports that Nigeria need a draw against Argentina to go through to the next round on June 26, and Argentina and Iceland also know they have to win to have any chance of progressing.