Super Eagles’ Vice-Captain Ahmed Musa states patience was the code to the team’s triumph against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles on Wednesday won Bafana South Africa by 2 goals to 1 in the quarter-finals of AFCON 2019 in Egypt.
A goal each in each half from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong made Nigeria defeat South Africa from the competition and progress to the semi-finals.
Musa informed reporters in a post-match conference that the Super Eagles’ plan moving into the match was to stay focused and patient against a resolute South African team.
“We knew that the game against South Africa would be tough and not an easy ride.
“So, we spoke and reminded ourselves of the need to be patient as we worked towards achieving our goal.
“As you can see, we had to wait until the last minute to score the decisive goal and that is the most important thing,” he said.
Musa remarked that both Nigeria and South Africa had comparable ways of play as they maintained more attacking prowess on the flanks.
“I think the same thing they (South Africa) have is what we too have on the wings. Both teams played the same style of football.
“But the difference was that we were more patient and persistent in our approach than our opponents.
“Chukwueze is one of the young and talented players in our squad. He had a great game today and scored a fantastic goal.
“I think with time he is going to be one of the best players we have in the Super Eagles team.
“Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi and Jamilu Colliins are also other young talents in the squad and players for the future.
“As you know, we the old players in the squad are gradually winding down and will not be here in a couple of years from now.
“So, we definitely need players like them to step up and take over from us,” he said.
The Super Eagles will face the winner between Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria in one of Thursday’s quarter-final matches.