Africa Games Football Gold: We Will Not Lose Focus – Success Makanjuola
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Flying Eagles rave of the moment and Water FC of Abuja winger, Success Makanjuola has reiterated that the team remain focused in achieving its aim of winning gold at the 12 Africa Games football event in Rabat, Morocco, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Best Choice Sports correspondent in Rabat, who watched the teenager in the last group match against host, Morocco Friday said that Success, despite being introduced in the second half of the encounter gave a good account of himself and was upbeat over the chances of the team reaching its target.
Success said after the 2-2 draw against Morocco which ensured that the Flying eagles progressed to the semi-final of the football event at the expense of the host, that the dream of actualising their target is getting closer which each passing game.
“Every game we play and win, brings us closer to our target and right now, we cannot lose focus. We came here with a great motive and it remains intact until the end.
“The match against Morocco who are the host was very tough. It is always difficult playing the host team but we were not afraid of them. We gave our best and got the desired result. But we came to the game with the mindset to win them.
“A draw was not the result we wanted but it is the result that took us to the semi-final so we are happy, the Water FC player told our correspondent in Rabat, Morocco.
The former Under-17 World Cup player remained optimistic that the team will make Nigerians proud.
Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s football event of the 12th African Games after a hard fought 2-2 draw with hosts Morocco on Friday evening at the FAR Sports Complex Rabat.
The result meant the Flying Eagles garnered five points from three games behind Burkina Faso who topped the group, and ahead of Morocco and South Africa.
The Flying Eagles fell behind after Morocco profited from some slack defending to allow Mohsinne Abba to head home the opener in the 12th minute.
Morroco looked the better side for much of the first half but Nigeria came back strongly towards the close of the first period and were duly rewarded when Ahmad Ghali was brought down in the box.
Team captain Ibrahim Abubakar stepped forwarded and slotted home the spot kick at the second time of asking, after the Moroccan goalkeeper saved his initial effort.
The first half ended 1-1 but Morocco were soon back in the saddle from another spot kick as the referee ruled that Habibu Yakubu had handled in the box.
The hosts scored to lead 2-1 after 72 minutes as Nigeria faced elimination.
Coach Paul Aigbogun threw on lanky striker Chinonso Emeka and it proved a good decision, as the striker scored with just a minute left of regulation time to put Nigeria through to the last four.