By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigeria’s Super Eagles laboured to a scoreless draw against Swaziland in a second round 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday evening, but the duo of John Fashanu and Sani Kaita are hopeful the Eagles will defeat their opponents in the second leg next week.
Speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com after the game, John Fashanu said:
“The draw was not the result we all wanted, but we should still be thankful that the Swaziland team did not pull an upset. I believe the Eagles will win in Nigeria and ultimately make the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers,” the former Wimbledon of England star opines.
On his part, former Eagles midfielder Sani Kaita points at what will be the downfall of the Swaziland national side whose fans erupted with joy at the blast of the referee’s final whistle.
“Over-confidence will be their (Swaziland) undoing. They have held Nigeria to a draw at their backyard and that could get into their heads,” the former Kano Pillars and FC IfeanyiUbah midfielder who was in Nigeria’s squad to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“But whatever the Swaziland team think of their chances, our team must score early in Port Harcourt to stamp their authority in the return leg and put fear into their opponents,” Kaita concluded.
The Nigerian delegation will return to the country in ernest in preparation for the return leg.
The game on Friday saw the debut of Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho whose introduction and that of returning Obafemi Martins brought some stability in the Eagles’ game.