Super Eagles of Nigeria and Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong has expressed his delight at playing in front of the home fans once again and congratulated Man-of-The-Match, Odion Jude Ighalo on his treble.
Ighalo became Nigeria’s first hat-trick scorer in 18 years following his very good outing against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in an Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifying match. Bordeaux winger, Samuel Kalu rounded up the game with a debut goal.
The 25 year old writes on his verified Instagram handle:
“3 points. Clean sheet. Great work from the boys today. Always enjoy playing on home soil in Uyo. Special mention of @ighalojude congrats on your hat-trick bro. On to Tuesday now to finish the job! #SuperEagles #Afcon #GloryToGod”
The two sides (Nigeria and Libya) meet again on Tuesday in Tunisia. The Eagles are now second in Group E, behind South Africa.
Pinnick dedicates Eagles’ win to President Buhari
Saturday’s match was the first in the fresh tenure of the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF, following the elections in Katsina three weeks ago that handed the Board another four –year term. And it was instructive that Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Pinnick’s predecessor and major challenger in the election, was installed beside the trailblazer and history –maker in the VIP Box at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking after the match, Pinnick says: “We dedicate this victory to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued massive support to all the national teams, the NFF and Nigerian football generally. The President and his wonderful team take the credit for the conducive environment in which Nigerian football is thriving.
“I also want to appreciate Governor Udom Emmanuel and his Government in Akwa Ibom State. They have remained pillars of support for the Super Eagles for several years now. And the support of the good people of Akwa Ibom state deserves kudos as well.”
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