Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida has come out with an assurance that Egyptian soccer fans will support Nigeria against South Africa in Wednesday’s quarter-finals match at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Babangida, who is an ambassadoir of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the ongoing continental soccer showpiece in Egypt, declared that the home fans are angry that South Africa beat their team, and they are now ready to pay Bafana Bafana back by supporting the Eagles to victory.
‘TJ’ stated as much during a radio programme inteview in Lagos, and went on to butress that Egyptian soccer fans also believe that Nigeria has a better chance of going all the way to the trophy than South Africa does, hence their decision to root for the Eagles all the way this time.
Although he admitted that the Egyptians actually clapped for Bafana Bafana after their stunning 1-0 win on Saturday at Cairo International Stadium, and the South Africans will remain at same venue to play the Eagles on Wednesday, Babangida insisted that those he has spoken to in the wake of last weeknd’s games say they are ready to cheer Nigeria.
The former VV Van Venlo and Ajax Amsterdam of Holland went on to state categorically that the Eagles muist not be carried away by the aura of victory that they achieved on Saturday, as he reasoned that beating The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon is now history.
However, he went on to reveal with glee that he is oportune to get up close with the Eagles and stated categorically that their last celebration of Saturday’s victory was on Sunday night, after which they relocated to Cairo, where Wednesday’s match will hold at 8pm (Nigeria time).
The former-fleet footed star, who was Nigeria’s two-goal hero in a dramatic victory over Bafana Bafana at the 2000 AFCON, which the country co-hosted with Ghana, posited that the high spirits in the Eagles’ camp, coupled with support from Egyptians, will see South Africa fall.
Babangida declared: “The party ended on Sunday. The victory against Cameroon is now history, and now we are concentrating on beating South Africa in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
“I personally told them to forget about the last match and concentrate on this tough one that’s ahead of them.
“One thing I can also assure you is that Nigeria will enjoy the support of Egyptian fans on Wednesday, but they have already told us that they will turn against South Africa in this match.”