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  Supporters and fans of the Super Eagles have continued to mourn Nigeria s exit from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON in Cameroon The Nigerian News Agency reports that title favorites Nigeria were knocked out of AFCON on Sunday in Garoua after a 1 0 loss to Tunisia in the round of 16 The North Africans now advance to the quarter finals of the competition where they will face the Stallions of Burkina Faso on the same pitch at the Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua A cross section of football enthusiasts speaking in Garoua said it was a very painful exit for the three time champions adding that Nigeria did not deserve to lose the way they did Nigeria Football Supporters Club NFSC General Chairman Rafiu Ladipo said he was disappointed with the boys performance adding that the Super Eagles have never delivered when it mattered most I m not happy We allowed that cheap goal very cheap goal What is it I ve always said that when you give Super Eagles players the most importance is when they fail you and that s what happened How can he beat us Tunisia with this team It s painful he said Nigerian fans in Cameroon for AFCON 2021Ahmed Hennesy a member of the Lagos NFSC blamed the goalkeeper for the loss adding that he conceded a cheap goal and let his teammates down Well what I m going to say is that since Vincent Enyeama left we haven t had another good goalkeeper That was a very cheap goal He Yousef Msakni shouldn t have scored from such distance with a better goalkeeper between the sticks for Nigeria We lost concentration Even when we were a man down he didn t show himself in the game apart from the mistake he made I m in pain right now but that s football for you We ll try our luck next time she said Taiye Adeyemi a member of the NFSC from Oyo State said that although he expected a positive result football is unpredictable and all of us Nigerians should accept the result hopefully As a Nigerian I am very sad because I did not expect the result to be the way it did especially against a depleted Tunisian team I was hoping we were going to beat them silly but unfortunately it was a silly goal that gave them Tunisia the win However it is one of those things it is part of football and we have to accept it that way he said Ngozi Okoroafo an NFSC member from Lagos said I am saddened by what happened The boys played very well but I guess luck was not only on their side Enjoyemmy Okegdo a Lagos fan said the players failed to convert many scoring opportunities which turned out to be the team s biggest downfall Of course I feel bad I m not happy Our plan was to fly higher after racking up a record nine points in the group stage It s unfortunate that one of the biggest losers in the group stage was the team that knocked us out I felt like our guys should have taken their chances and scored sooner but they missed a lot of those scoring chances in the first half Secondly this was a very crucial match and I think we really underestimated this Tunisian team but in everything we give glory to God he said Emmanuel Odikor a fan from Lagos said he expected more from the Super Eagles especially after the team s feat in the group stage It was a very bad experience and a bad day for us We won all of our group games but we messed it up in the knockout stage I don t blame the players but the goalkeeper It was Tunisia s only goal attempt and they couldn t save it The players really did their best and we don t have to give up The World Cup is coming up and we can do better So my advice is to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger he said Usman Zubairu a Cameroon Super Eagles fan said he was coaching Nigeria during the match but felt sorry for the team when they lost He did however say that his love for the Super Eagles remains very strong adding that they would bounce back from the setback into a much better side in their next few games he said Keep reading Source NAN
AFCON 2021: Football supporters, fans bemoan Super Eagles exit

1 Supporters and fans of the Super Eagles have continued to mourn Nigeria’s exit from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

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2 The Nigerian News Agency reports that title favorites Nigeria were knocked out of AFCON on Sunday in Garoua after a 1-0 loss to Tunisia in the round of 16.

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3 The North Africans now advance to the quarter-finals of the competition, where they will face the Stallions of Burkina Faso on the same pitch at the Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua.

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4 A cross-section of football enthusiasts speaking in Garoua said it was a very painful exit for the three-time champions, adding that Nigeria did not deserve to lose the way they did.

5 Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) General Chairman Rafiu Ladipo said he was disappointed with the boys’ performance, adding that the Super Eagles have never delivered when it mattered most.

6 “I’m not happy. We allowed that cheap goal, very cheap goal! What is it? I’ve always said that when you give Super Eagles players the most importance is when they fail you and that’s what happened. How can he beat us? Tunisia? with this team? It’s painful,” he said.

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8 Ahmed Hennesy, a member of the Lagos NFSC, blamed the goalkeeper for the loss, adding that he conceded a cheap goal and let his teammates down.

9 “Well, what I’m going to say is that since Vincent Enyeama left, we haven’t had another good goalkeeper.

10 “That was a very cheap goal. He (Yousef Msakni) shouldn’t have scored from such distance with a better goalkeeper between the sticks for Nigeria.

11 “We lost concentration. Even when we were a man down, he didn’t show himself in the game apart from the mistake he made.

12 “I’m in pain right now, but that’s football for you. We’ll try our luck next time,” she said.

13 Taiye Adeyemi, a member of the NFSC from Oyo State, said that although he expected a positive result, football is unpredictable and all of us (Nigerians) should accept the result hopefully.

14 “As a Nigerian, I am very sad because I did not expect the result to be the way it did, especially against a depleted Tunisian team.

15 “I was hoping we were going to beat them silly, but unfortunately it was a silly goal that gave them (Tunisia) the win.

16 “However, it is one of those things, it is part of football and we have to accept it that way,” he said.

17 Ngozi Okoroafo, an NFSC member from Lagos, said: “I am saddened by what happened. The boys played very well, but I guess luck was not only on their side.

18 Enjoyemmy Okegdo, a Lagos fan, said the players failed to convert many scoring opportunities, which turned out to be the team’s biggest downfall.

19 “Of course I feel bad, I’m not happy. Our plan was to fly higher after racking up a record nine points in the group stage.

20 “It’s unfortunate that one of the biggest losers in the group stage was the team that knocked us out.

21 “I felt like our guys should have taken their chances and scored sooner, but they missed a lot of those scoring chances in the first half.

22 “Secondly, this was a very crucial match and I think we really underestimated this Tunisian team, but in everything we give glory to God,” he said.

23 Emmanuel Odikor, a fan from Lagos, said he expected more from the Super Eagles, especially after the team’s feat in the group stage.

24 “It was a very bad experience and a bad day for us. We won all of our group games, but we messed it up in the knockout stage.

25 “I don’t blame the players but the goalkeeper. It was Tunisia’s only goal attempt and they couldn’t save it.

26 “The players really did their best and we don’t have to give up. The World Cup is coming up and we can do better. “So my advice is to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger,” he said.

27 Usman Zubairu, a Cameroon Super Eagles fan, said he was coaching Nigeria during the match but felt sorry for the team when they lost.

28 He did, however, say that his love for the Super Eagles remains very strong, adding that they would bounce back from the setback into a much better side in their next few games,” he said.

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30 Source: NAN

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