Nigerians and Cameroonians were jubilant after Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Egypt in opening Group ‘D’ match against Egypt on Tuesday.
The streets of Garoua were thrown into a wild celebration as Iheanacho’s superb first-half goal handed Nigeria a well deserved 1-0 victory over Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group ‘D’ opener.
Iheanacho hammered in a half-volley from the edge of the box into the top corner in the 30th minute to settle the contest at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon.
Enjoyemmy Okegdo, a Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) member, said, “The victory would make our other opponents in the group very wary of us. We are going to beat Sudan next 3-0; that’s how we will beat everybody in the group.”
Okegdo added, “I can already see us in the finals and going ahead to win the AFCON trophy.”
Kudirat Moshood, a supporter from Sokoto, explained, “I prayed for this game that God should give us the victory, and he answered my prayers. I thank God for this victory and for granting us a safe journey all the way from Sokoto to cheer our darling team to victory.”
Sanmi Shodimu, another supporter from Lagos, pointed out that it was a “great day,” describing it as a moment to celebrate.
“I actually predicted that Nigeria was going to win 2-0. We could have scored more but all the same we are grateful for the one precious goal which gave us three points to top the group,” stated Shodimu. “I predict a 3-0 in our next game against Sudan.”
Also, some Cameroonian fans rooted for Nigeria during the game. Pierre Moussa said he was happy the Egyptians lost to his “Nigerian brothers.”
“Salah is a good footballer, but he did not play a good game today. Nigeria took advantage of a sloppy Egyptian side and scored a vital goal which gave them the vital win,” noted Moussa. “Nigeria is at the top of the group, which is the most important thing, while Egypt are currently at the bottom of the table.”
Ibrahim Aboubakar added, “We Cameroonians were supporting Nigeria, and we are happy that Super Eagles won their opening match. We are celebrating Nigeria’s victory.”
The Super Eagles will next take on Sudan on Saturday before playing their last game against Guinea Bissau on January 19.