The Super Eagles of Nigeria yesterday beat Guinea 1-0 in the second match of her AFCON Group matches to break a best losers jinx which seemed to have hit Nigeria’s national teams since 2019.
Nigeria’s football national sides started her campaign this year in May with the Flying Eagles playing at Poland 2019. The young Eagles practically struggled at the group stage, before qualifying as one of the best losers. But were eventually edged out by Senegal at the round of 16.
The Super Falcons got on line in France at the Women World Cup in June this year. They also struggled winning one match against Korea and loosing two other group matches to France and Germany.
Interestingly, Super Falcons needed to wait for the last group matches of others to be completed, before they sneaked into the knockout stage as one of the best losers. Making Nigeria complete a second qualification by one of her national football teams to the knockout stage as one of the best losers in the year 2019.
However, Kenneth Omeruo’s goal in the 73rd minutes ensured victory for the Eagles. Breaking that jinx and ensuring the team had a smooth qualification that saved Nigerians the mathematical worries of points and goal differences.
It was Omeruo’s first ever goal for the Super Eagles of Nigeria since making his debut in the national team in 2013. A goal which will always be remembered being the only goal of the match.
The goal also ensured Nigeria became the first team to reach the round of 16 at the continental showpiece in Egypt. Before the host nation Egypt, got a second victory later in the day to become the second to qualify.
This will also be the first time since 2006 which Nigeria will qualify from the group stage at AFCON after their first two group matches.
If the Super Eagles wins their last match against Madagascar on Sunday, they will also hold a record of finishing with nine points on all occasions they played in Egypt with the first being in 2006.