Former Super Eagles Coach, Christian (Chairman) Chukwu, has hailed the Super Eagles for an outstanding performance against the Black Stars of Ghana at the first leg of their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off.
The Super Eagles and Black Stars clash ended a goalless draw at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana on Friday.
Chukwu, a defence marshal during his days as defunct Green Eagles player, said in Enugu on Saturday that the Super Eagles played with a high sense of confidence “notwithstanding that we did not win the match out rightly.
“I am happy with Super Eagles’ show of resilience and the draw they got last night against the Black Stars of Ghana. The Super Eagles took hold of the game from the start.
“They also took the game to the Black Stars’ quarters, pressured the Ghanaian side and made sure they remained in the defensive most times in the game.
“As a former coach and player, I know how hard it is to win a team on its home turf or even outplay a home team with an intimidating crowd of home supporters.
“I am proud of them as far as the match is concerned judging from the experience I have gathered over the years in football”.
He also lauded the coaching crew of the national team for evolving with credible technical and tactical play during the game.
Chukwu, who was once the captain of the Green Eagles, urged the Super Eagles players and technical crew to return home and fine-tune the team and complete the task ahead.
“We needed to be at the World Cup by the grace of God. This should be at the back of the mind of every member of the Super Eagles squad,’’ Chukwu stressed.
The return leg of the play-off between the two national teams will hold on Tuesday, March 29, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.