Says, It is not yet time to celebrate as the Ivorians will battle ready for the Eagles.
Nasarawa State Football Association Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Galadima was on hand to celebrate the victory of the Super Eagles against the Bafana Bafana Of South Africa with some top government officials of the state in far away Baouke.
The quartet of Alhaji Salisu Usman Galadima (FA Chairman), Alhaji Aliyu Bello (APC Chairman, Nasarawa State), Honorable Jafaru Ango (Commissioner For Youth and Sports Development, Nasarawa State) and Barr. Isaac Danladi (Perm Sec Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development) were all at the Stade De La paix, the venue of the game.
While speaking after Nigeria booked the final spot, Salisu Usman Galadima was full of praises for the players for putting up their best against a very difficult South African side.
“It was a nervy moment for us at the stands as South Africa proved to be a very stubborn side but special kudos must go to the boys and their Coaches for putting up a massive shift to ensure we book a place in the final on Sunday”.
The astute administrator believes it is not yet uhuru as the final will be a different ball game.
“The Ivorians will be very difficult to crack as they would not want to lose for the second time against Nigeria in the final but with the never-say-die spirit of our boys, we will fight till finish, he concluded”.
Stanley Nwabali was the hero when he saved two penalties as Nigeria beat South Africa 4-2 on penalties after the game ended one all in regulation time.
A lone goal by Borussia Dortmund’s striker, Sebastian Heller was enough for the Elephants of Côte D’Ivoire to beat DR Congo to book a place in their finals and will have a chance to avenge their 1-0 loss in the group stage against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.