The home-based Super Eagles team, which Sunday in Abu Dhabi narrowly lost 1-0 to the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire in an international friendly, has been commended by the reigning African Footballer of The Year, Yaya Toure.
Toure, who captained the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, said he was quite surprised at the display of the Super Eagles made up of entirely Nigerian league players against his star studded teammates last Sunday night in Abu Dhabi.
According to a statement from Ben Alaiya, the Manchester City midfielder, while speaking with the media and later to Coach Daniel Amokachi, said at a point he believed that his mates were deceived to believing that Nigeria was going to parade a wholly home based side but was convinced that it was not the case.
Amokachi had to tell him that apart from Steve Ukoh, who plays in Switzerland and had his first cap for the Eagles all the other players are from the Nigerian Premier League.
Toure added, “At a point I had to tell my teammates to slow down the pace of the game and when we scored we could not wait for the final whistle, because the boys were all over us. They must be commended for their confident display.”
Having held their own for the major part of the game, a blunder by Kano Pillars, Rabiu Ali, was capitalized on by former Chelsea star, Salomon Kalou, who slotted the ball past Chigozie Agbim who was in goal for Nigeria.
The Eagles have one more test match against the Falcons of Sudan before returning home from the United Arab Emirates.