The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical and Development Committee Chairman Ahmed Fresh has hailed the Super Eagles over their wins against Libya.
Nigeria beat the Mediterranean Knights 4-0 in the first leg of a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday before a 2-3 victory over the North Africans in the reverse fixture on Tuesday.
Speaking after the wins which sent Gernot Rohr’s side top of the Group E standings for the race to Cameroon, Fresh hailed the team’s determination against the Libyans.
“The quick fixtures brought the brand new Super Eagles who were extremely determined to erase non-participation of two different AFCON tournaments,” Fresh said.
“They showed relentless efforts to join other African teams in Cameroon next year. The Technical and Development Committee are extremely satisfied with the doubleheader results, starting from their 4-0 demolition of Mediterranean Knights in Uyo and the hard-fought 3-2 victory on Tuesday night in the reverse fixture.”
He added that “We believe these have changed the nomenclature of permutations for 2019 AFCON as Super Eagles have now ascended the Group’s leadership throne before taking on Bafana Bafana of South Africa next month.”
On Ighalo, he noted that he is “ecstatic seeing the former Watford striker in this devastating runoff scoring five goals in the double legged fixtures against Libya.
“I’m convinced the ‘Chopper man’ can lead the top scorer chart in the qualifying series, I hope he continues to positively set tongues wagging amongst millions of Nigerian football fans who castigated him at the 2018 FIFA World Cup especially against Argentina.”