Okocha: Good times are back for Nigeria

Okocha: Good times are back for Nigeria
William Ekong of Nigeria celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on 19 January 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jan 20, 2022. 13:00

Good times are back for the Super Eagles declared Nigerian legend Jay Jay Okocha after the team wrapped-up their Group D campaign with a perfect record.

Nigeria made it three-out-of-three following a 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau on Wednesday to see the two-time AFCON champions march on to the last 16 with a 100 percent record after topping Group D on 9 points, scoring 6 goals and conceding just one in the process.

Okocha said it is even more gratifying to see Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavoen make a massive eight changes in Wednesday’s game.

The highlight saw striker Sadqi Umar score in his first AFCON start when he netted the opening goal in the 56th minute before Nigeria captain William Ekong wrapped-up the match in the 79th minute.

“He has got a great team of not just eleven good players but also twenty-something good players that he can rely on,” Okocha told SuperSport.

“There is nothing better for the coach than giving a player a chance and him paying you back by restoring his confidence in you.

“I think it is good to see that we are flying high but the game today is gone, the most important one is the next one and we can only justify our performances so far if we go on and win the next one.”

Nigeria return to action this Sunday and await the best third place finisher from Thursday night’s tight Group E and F encounter’s.

“So every next game is the toughest one for you and the one you have to win,” Okocha said.

“I hope we will carry on the good job that we are doing so far.”

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