A former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Idah Peterside, has commended the Super Falcons for their victory over Australia in the Women’s World Cup on Thursday, saying that the team’s performance shocked Nigerians.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Peterside said the victory of the Nigerian female team over the co-host of the tournament has brought back joy and excitement among Nigerian football fans.
“We are all excited, and the beauty of the victory of yesterday is that it’s been a long time, whether the female team or the male team, that Nigerians have been excited like this,” Peterside said.
“We have always been used to this kind of joy and happiness, and we have not seen that in a long time, but yesterday was something unbelievable.”
Peterside said the victory reminded him of the 1994 Super Eagles, who won the FIFA World Cup.
“It all reminded us of the 1994 Super Eagles; it reminded us of years back when we used to get so excited about this game,” he said.
“And again, kudos to these girls, no one ever believed at the beginning of the game; I was expecting that we will lose 4-0, 3-0, we were just praying that the goals will be very few, but they shocked us, we are so excited that hope has come back to Nigerian football.”
The Super Falcons defeated Australia 3-2 in their match of the Women’s World Cup on Thursday. The victory was Nigeria’s first over Australia in a major tournament.
The Super Falcons are now in second place in Group D, behind France. They will next face New Zealand on Monday.
Peterside said he believes the Super Falcons can go on to win the Women’s World Cup.
“I believe that this team can go all the way,” he said. “They have the talent, they have the desire, and they have the support of the Nigerian people.”
The victory of the Super Falcons has given Nigerians hope that the country can finally win a major football tournament. The Super Falcons have not won a major tournament since the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“This is a sign that things are changing in Nigerian football,” said Peterside. “We have a good team, and we have a good coach. I believe that we can win the World Cup.”
The victory has also given Nigerians hope for the future. The young players on the team have shown that they have the talent to compete with the best in the world.
“These girls are the future of Nigerian football,” said Peterside. “They are young, they are talented, and they are hungry to win. I believe that they can achieve great things.”