Abu Dhabi Battle: Toure Hails Home-based Eagles

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Home based Eagles

Duro Ikhazuagbe

Four times African Footballer of The Year, Yaya Toure, monday commended the home-based Eagles for putting up gallant display against the Elephants in an international friendly Cote d’Ivoire won 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.

Salomon Kalou’s 84th minute lone goal denied the gallant Eagles ‘B’ team from sharing honours with the star-studded Elephants who are one on the favourite teams to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations starting this weekend in Equatorial Guinea.

The Manchester City midfielder said that at a point during the match he was having double mind if Nigeria was not deceiving the organizers of the friendly to the effect that it was going to parade a wholly home-based side because of the quality on display.

“At a point I had to tell my teammates to slow down the pace of the game and when we scored we could not wait for the final whistle, because the boys were all over us. They must be commended for their confident display,” Toure noted.

Only Switzerland-based Steve Ukoh who had his first cap for the Eagles was the only player selected from outside Nigerian Glo Premier League that played in that encounter with the Ivorians.

Also happy with the performance put up by the Nigerian ‘B’ squad is Sunshine Stars’ Solomon Kwambe. He insisted that Nigeria did not deserve to lose to the Ivorians.

“It was a good and tough game for us, though we lost,” observed Kwambe who has been loaned out to Warri Wolves by the Akure club.

“We did not deserve to lose the game because we played well according to instruction, but just a little bit of loss of concentration cost us the game.”

He assured Nigerians of better display against Sudan on Saturday in Dubai.

“We have one more game here that is against Sudan. We will give our best and do better than we did against Cote d’Ivoire and go for victory,” he promised.

Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya, admitted from the UAE that the Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Felix Anyansi Agwu; General Secretary of the federation, Musa Amadu and HOD, Technical Department, Emmanuel Ikpeme, all commended the grit with which Eagles approached the game after staying together for barely nine days in Abuja before the match in Abu Dhabi.

Anyansi said it was a fantastic advertisement for the Nigerian league, noting that with more time together the team will go places and probably be champions of the forthcoming African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament.

Others who showered praises on the team are executive committee members of the NFF, Inua Rabiu Sheriff and Hussein Modibbo, who were both in Abu Dhabi to cheer the team.

Culled from http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/abu-dhabi-battle-toure-hails-home-based-eagles/199063/

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