President of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club Rafiu Ladipo says that the Super Eagles acquitted themselves well during their African Nations Championship campaign.
The Nigerian national team was knocked out of the tournament during the semi-final stage. However, their campaign was highlighted by some heroic performances in the earlier rounds of the competition.
“The boys did well at the championship, Nigeria was not disgraced, and therefore, we should encourage and appreciate them,” Ladipo told the News Agency of Nigeria.
While Nigeria were particularly prolific during the group phase of the tournament, they did struggle in front of goal during their semi-final against Ghana and that is ultimately where the tournament was lost.
“While we did the play in the midfield, our scoring ability was poor. We created many chances but failed to utilise them,” added Ladipo.
The soccer administrator still insists that Nigeria was the better equipped team ahead of that fixture and should have been able to put Ghana to the sword.
“There was nothing fantastic about Ghana’s Black Stars, the Eagles were better technically. The Stars playing 10 against our 11 were too rough and were actually playing for penalty shootout,” explained Ladipo.
“That was why their players and goalkeeper were feigning injuries several times, delaying the game.”