President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the Super Eagles on their outstanding 3-1 victory over Algeria in the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
President Buhari joins millions of football loving fans in the country in celebrating the very-much improved Super Eagles the Nigerian national team for meeting our expectations during the entertaining and action-soaked encounter.
The President commends the team and its handlers for displaying uncommon strength, determination and high professionalism in the onward and steady progress to the 2018 tournament in Russia.
With six points in our kitty from two impressive wins, President Buhari assures the team (Super Eagles) that the Federal Government and indeed all Nigerians will continue to support them to make the nation proud.
The President also commends the Akwa-Ibom State government for hosting the match and the fans for their good conduct and sportsmanship throughout the game.
Victor Moses started things off in the 25th minute when he stole a loose ball in the Algerian danger area and swept it past the opposition’s goalkeeper to give Nigeria the lead. Algeria threatened to cancel Moses’ goal out with a couple of half-chances which they failed to convert.
John Obi Mikel punished the Algerians’ profligacy in the 41st minute when he drove in Nigeria’s second, following an incisive pass from Oghenekaro Etebo.
The second half proved a less comfortable ride for the Super Eagles. A number of threatening forays were made into the Nigerian area by Fennecs foreshadowed an Algerian comeback. Their persistence finally bore fruit, with a goal from Nabil Bentaleb in the 66th minute. However, Moses made it safe for Nigeria in injury time as he finished off a determined attacking move with his second goal of the match.
Nigeria now sits at the top of Group B of the World Cup qualifiers for Africa, with six points from two games. The other two teams in the group, Cameroun and Zambia, played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday. This result suits Nigeria perfectly well; Cameroun is in a distant second place with two points from two drawn games.
Source: NTA/Connect Nigerian.