Nigeria’s Special Eagles made sure they left some records in their first outing at the Amputee World Cup taking place in Mexico by recording a first goal and a first win in their third game against El-Salvador.

They played in a tough group where they were beaten by Brazil and Russia in what could be best described as a baptism of fire of some sort at the World Cup.

A Swedish journalist, Stefan Lovgren, was approached for a review of the match had this to say about the Nigerian team: “this is the stuff of dreams. We won a game at the World Cup. Ezeji Kennedy scored and enters the record books as the first Nigerian to ever score in an amputee World Cup game.

 “The match was nervy for the crowd and those on the bench. The Nigerians came in strongly into the game, dominated the game especially in the first half. They were faster and stronger than their opponents.

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 “We played more on the counter. We could have scored more but the slim margin victory was all that was needed. As the match ended, the Nigerians were bombarded by the appreciating crowd. They were signing autographs and taking pictures. They are in very high spirits.

 “Foreign-based Bamgbopa came in in the second half and played more as a striker to drive up the needed energy. Chimaobi Michael was too much to handle for his speed and strength. He had couple of chances that were wasted.

 “Man of the match should go to Kennedy who scored the goal and had some outstanding plays in the match. It was a fantastic outing for the Nigerians.

It is yet to be seen if the slim win will be good enough to see the Special Eagles pull through as one of the best losers into the next round but the nine goals they conceded against Brazil and Russia could work against them.


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