NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA REACT TO SUPER EAGLES’ LOSS TO ARGENTINA

NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA REACT TO SUPER EAGLES’ LOSS TO ARGENTINA

Mixed reactions pervade the streets of South Africa from yester-night until this morning over the ouster of Nigeria from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

A handful of Nigerians believe the Super Eagles did well but bowed to the much more experienced Argentine team.

Solomon Izang Ashoms, Nigerian sports journalist, and Christian activist posted jokingly and sarcastically his fertile Facebook timeline: “The prophets of Nigeria failed today…good game though”. He was proverbially querying why some Nigerian prophets did not prophesy a win for the Super Eagles.

Sebabasto Radebe also quipped thus: “Which country to win world cup according to TB Joshua prophecy? Or he’s waiting for four countries to remain”. She seems to need a word from the Lord from Prophet Temitope Joshua.

Prior to the game, Abiodun Johnson raised a red flag that the Nigerian team should not fall due to inexperience. He cited how Roberto Baggio was brought down in a match against Italy and Nigeria was punished with a penalty at the US 94 in the round of 16.

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

However, the pulse of the people revealed that Nigerians and Africans at large were proud of the Super Eagles who went down but not without a good fight.

Former Super Eagles defender Austin Eguavoen had blamed lack of experience as the cause of Nigeria’s failure to win the FIFA World Cup at USA ’94.

Nigeria was on the verge of a famous victory over Italy in the second round before the Azzuri recovered with two minutes left to play and broke the Nigerian hearts after Roberto Baggio scored an extra-time penalty goal to secure a 2-1 victory.

Eguavoen, who conceded the foul that was ruled a penalty infraction, recalled that Nigeria had the most balanced team at USA ’94 but failed to handle the tempo because it was the first time the players were appearing at the World Cup.

Nigeria’s exit yesterday means Senegal is the last African team with a chance of reaching the second round.

What we’ve seen in the past few days is how much history matters in the decisive moments.

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