Eagles eye trophy after ousting Bafana

Ejike Uzoenyi celebrates one of his goals vs Bafana

Debutants Nigeria are now setting their sights on the trophy after they ousted hosts South Africa on Sunday.

Nigeria finished second behind Mali in Group A to qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Kano Pillars midfielder Shehu Abdullahi said their target now is to clinch the CHAN championship after they overcame a difficult start.

“Tell Nigerians that they have not seen anything yet, we are here for nothing but the trophy and we have shown that with our game against South Africa, but I must say that is not our best match, the games ahead will show our true qualities,” Abdullahi said.

The Nigeria U20 star, who has been described by his injured team mates duo of Benjamin Francis and Ikenna Paul as the heart of the CHAN Eagles, said he was prepared to justify the huge confidence reposed in him by his teammates and the coaches in the coming games and was sure to do the nation proud at the end of the tournament.

Man of the match against South Africa, Ejike Uzoenyi, said they are in South Africa to achieve their target.

“We are here for a goal and we will not relent until we achieve that goal, ” said the Rangers winger, who dedicated his goals and award to his son, who clocked four on Sunday.

Teenage goalkeeper Dele Alampasu said the loss against Mali jolted the Eagles to reality and there will be no mistakes until the cup is won.

“The same thing happened to us at the U17 level when we all thought Sweden was a walk-over but when they showed us in our first game, it became a lesson and we did not take our legs off the pedal again until we won the  championship in the United Arab Emirates, it’s about to happen here again,” he predicted.