AFCON 2021: Nigerians react to Super Eagles exit
Nigeria’s Super Eagles were dumped out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after a 1-0 loss to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on Sunday.
The Super Eagles were big favourites to progress to the quarterfinals because of their form, and the Covid-19 issues with the Tunisians.
Prior to the fixture, the Carthage Eagles had lost two of their matches in the group stage, while Nigeria had a 100% record.
However, form was thrown out the window as the Tunisians reigned supreme. A second-half effort from Youssef Msakni, and a poor red card to Alex Iwobi changed the complexion of the game.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari had a video call with the team before the game, and many Nigerians bantered that the President was responsible for the loss. Some also threw stones at the team for their performance.
Speaking in reaction to the exit, Ade Badmus, a Lagos resident said he was shock.
“It is unfortunate. If I’m not mistaking, this is the first time the Eagles will crash out of Afcon in the round of 16 stage.”
“We had no strikers to this year’s Afcon. We should have known that. We always over rate the Eagles each time they players show some average performances. It is sad that we are eliminated at this stage”, Elio, a Lagos trader”, laments.