After two losses at the ongoing Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico, the Nigeria team, nicknamed ‘Special Eagles’ have finally recorded their first victory at the tournament.
The Special Eagles defeated their opponents El Salvador by a lone goal scored by Ezeji Kennedy who made history as the first Nigerian player to score in an Amputee World Cup.
The Special Eagles fell to a 6-0 loss against Brazil in their first game, and were defeated Nigeria 3-0 by Russia to seal the Special Eagles elimination from the Amputee World Cup.
With just a victory in their debut tournament, the Nigeria team had some commendations for their performance at the Amputee World Cup.
A Swedish journalist, Stefan Lovgren, while commending the Nigerian team said “this is the stuff of dreams. We won a game at the World Cup.”
“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.”
Their lone victory is worth celebrating as they only made it to the tournament through the goodwill of Nigerians and contributions from the NFF, Super Eagles players, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who all donated about N10 million to ensure the team made it to their debut World Cup.