AFCON 2019: Gbenga Elegbeleye lauds Eagles, calls for more goals

Gbenga Elegbeleye, previous Director-General of the National Sports Commission, has encouraged Super Eagles aggressors to score more objectives as the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) advances.

Elegbeleye was talking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) soon after Nigeria turned into the principal group to book a spot in the round of 16 of the competition by vanquishing Guinea 1-0 in Alexandria, Egypt on Wednesday.

Elegbeleye, a previous executive of Ondo State Table Tennis Association, said while the gathering stage could be about focuses, objective scoring was fundamental at the thump out stage.

“We have to score more objectives. Our assailants ought to accomplish more to guarantee that we score more objectives.

“We are getting to the phase where your capacity to outscore your rival will decide your survival.

“Credit to the young men for their exertion however you perceived that it was so hard to enter the Guinean resistance,” Elegbeleye said.

The previous individual from the Ministerial Committee on Reform of Football Administration in Nigeria anyway complimented the Super Eagles for taking care of business.

“I salute Nigerians and I feel that the triumph was a decent one.

“We have verified a spot in the second round with a game to save, so the Super Eagles took care of business.

“It was anything but an ideal match however it was down to earth. We required three and that was what we got,” he said.

A 73rd moment strike by safeguard Kenneth Omeruo off Simon Moses’ corner kick verified another thin win for the Super Eagles.

The triumph places Nigeria over Group B with six points from two matches, while Guinea and Madagascar have one point each.

NAN reports that a great part of the pre-coordinate argument was the exclusion of Captain Mikel Obi and incorporation of striker Odion Ighalo in the beginning lineup.

In any case, Elegbeleye accepted that mentor Gernot Rohr settled on the correct choice.

“Ighalo came in as a substitute and scored against Burundi, so he merited a spot in the game against Guinea.

“Much has been said about Mikel’s rejection from the beginning lineup, however playing Iwobi in focal midfield implies that Mikel can’t begin.

“Keep in mind, Iwobi worked from the wing for the majority of the last match against Burundi. In this way, the mentor settled on the correct choice,” Elegbeleye said.

Nigeria’s last gathering game is against Madagascar on Sunday, June 30. (NAN)

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