Posted on Wed 26 Jun 2019, 09:11 PM

Gbenga Elegbeleye, former Director-General of the National Sports Commission, has urged Super Eagles attackers to score more goals as the 2019 African Cup of Nations progresses.

Elegbeleye was speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria shortly after Nigeria became the first team to book a place in the round of 16 of the tournament by defeating Guinea 1-0 in Alexandria, Egypt on Wednesday.

Elegbeleye, a former chairman of Ondo State Table Tennis Association, said while the group stage could be about points, goal scoring was essential at the knock-out stage.

“We need to score more goals. Our attackers should do more to ensure that we score more goals. 

“We are getting to the stage where your ability to outscore your opponent will determine your survival.

“Credit to the boys for their effort but you saw how difficult it was to penetrate the Guinean defence,” Elegbeleye said.

The former member of the Ministerial Committee on Reform of Football Administration in Nigeria, however, congratulated the Super Eagles for getting the job done.

“I congratulate Nigerians and I feel that the victory was a good one.

“We have secured a place in the second round with a game to spare, so the Super Eagles got the job done.

“It was not a perfect match but it was practical. We needed three points and that was what we got,” he said.

A 73rd minute strike by defender Kenneth Omeruo off Simon Moses’ corner kick secured another narrow win for the Super Eagles.

The victory places Nigeria on top of Group B with six points from two matches, while Guinea and Madagascar have one point each.

Nigeria’s final group game is against Madagascar on Sunday, June 30.





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