Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) and some fans have applauded the Super Eagles over the revenge victory on Les Fauves of Central Africa Republic (CAR) in Doula, Cameroon.
The fans described the Eagles’ victory as a lesson learnt from the disappointment and the defeat in the hands of the Wild Beast in Lagos on Thursday.
The Eagles got their pound of flesh from the Les Fauves in the reverse fixture of the World Cup qualifying match when they defeated the CAR team 2-0 in Doula.
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun’s goal in the 29th minute atoned for his defensive error that caused the first defeat in Lagos, while in-form Napoli striker Victor Osimhen got the second goal in the 46th minute.
Samuel Ikpea, the NFSC President, said the victory had put the senior national team on track towards their qualification for the World Cup.
“The victory in Cameroon is a good one for the Eagles and Nigeria as a whole. The team has restored the lead. We should be happy with that. Many people have lost hope when they lost the last match, but they went to Cameroon to spring a surprise, that what we are known for,” Mr Ikpea said. “They must have learnt from their last mistake and corrected it. They are on course now, at least for the qualification ticket.”
A fan, Oladipupo Obamoyegun, said the loss in Lagos would have propelled the Eagles to give attention to more details and correct the earlier impression that the CAR team were minnows.
“It is obvious that the Eagles lost the first match in Lagos to their self-confidence that the CAR team were a pushover. This is the team’s undoing,” explained Mr Obamoyegun. “For me, I expected such a response from the team because they must have learnt their lessons though in a hard way.”
He said he did not doubt the Eagles’ ability to turn things around, even if they stumbled, and later realised that playing a relatively unknown team might not be a tea party.