30 January 2013

Nigeria/Ethiopia: Adepoju Congratulates Eagles On Victory Over Ethiopia

Former Super Eagles striker Mutiu Adepoju yesterday congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and said against the Elephants of Cote d' Ivoire, anything can happen.

It took the individual brilliance of Chelsea striker Victor Moses who was awarded two penalties and personally converted same to take Nigeria to the next stage of the competition.

Speaking to Daily Trust immediately after the tension soaked encounter in Rustenburg, the former international said it was not an easy match so Nigerian fans should give kudos to the Eagles for overcoming Ethiopia to pick one of the quarterfinals tickets.

He said even before the match, he knew that it was not going to be easy because apart from national pride, the Ethiopians also stood a slim chance of qualifying.

Adepoju maintained that the Eagles can go ahead and celebrate the sweet victory over Ethiopia but said it is not yet uhuru because the quarterfinal clash with the Elephants would test the might of the Eagles.

"I want to join other Nigerians in congratulating the Super Eagles on their hard earned victory over Ethiopia. It was not an easy one.

"I can say that the Eagles played better and that showed in the two goals that they scored. It took long for the goals to come but it happened eventually and we have to thank God for that breakthrough".

Adepoju therefore urged the Eagles to work harder as they get set to confront Elephants who have been tipped to win the championship.

"Against Elephants of Cote d' Ivoire, many people may be tempted to write off the Eagles but I want to say anything can happen in that match. The Ivorians are solid no doubt but the Eagles are not new to such challenges", he said.

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