This Day (Lagos)

28 June 2014

Nigeria: TAN Hails Super Eagles Round of 16 Qualification

After Wednesday's Supe Eagles spirited display against Argentina, Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has commended the team's qualification to the second round despite 2-3 defeat to the South Americans. Former Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, who led TAN's five-man team to the Mundial to give support to the Eagles, stated that the Eagles have continued to improve with every game and urged the players to do better against France on Monday. He said: "The Eagles have shown that they have what it takes to rub shoulders with the big teams with their performance against Argentina.

They attacked and defended in numbers and the tactics worked well for the team." He also commended the government for the support given to the team and urged President Goodluck Jonathan to continue to motivate the players with incentives that would spur them to victory. "The President have shown that he loves sports and he has been rewarding sports men since he came into the saddle. We, however, need more of this to motivate our sportsmen.

He also urged Coach stephen Keshi to device a match plan that would neutralise the French attack on Monday. "The French attack is effective, so the Eagles must do everything possible to stop them from getting into the 18 yard box, Akanni stated. Meanwhile the TAN team will arrive the country today.

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