President of the Nigerian community in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will come out victorious in Wednesday’s semi-final match against Mali.
Business man Anyene told Goal.com that the Nigerians living in South Africa have all agreed to throw their weight behind the Nigerian team and are confident that the Eagles will beat Mali to put smiles on their faces today by qualifying for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
"We Nigerians living in South Africa want to continue in the joyful mood we are in since the Eagles defeated the Didier Drogba-led Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire in the quarter-finals of the competition," Anyene disclosed.
The business mogul who made a surprise visit to some accredited journalists in Johannesburg expressed joy and happiness over the classy performance of the Eagles in the quarter-finals match against the Ivory Coast. He called for concentration and consistency so that Nigeria would eventually become 2013 Afcon champions.
“Like everybody is saying we need to maintain the momentum and even work harder not only to beat Mali in Weddnesday’s match but to play in an impressive manner that the Eagles played against the Ivorians. Nigerians here in South Africa are very happy and have vowed to turnout in large numbers to support our team against Mali in Durban.
“There are more than a million Nigerians living legally in South Africa and are fully behind the team.”
Highlighting the challenges of the union in supporting the Eagles, Anyene said transportation was a major hurdle.
“The venues are wide apart and it required so much money to move many people around. But we have no other country so we are making huge sacrifice to support Nigeria in the competition,” he said.