The Super Eagles will want to keep it 100% proceeding to next stage thereby boosting their confidence towards their round of 16 opponent because at the stage of the tournament confidence is key and that can only be achieved via winnings.
Considering than fact that defender Leon Balogun and the Head Coah, Genort Rohr marked their birthdays yesterday, the spirit of the lads in the camp is very high. The players will want to crown the Birthday celebration with a win against Madagascar.
Considering the fact that the Super Eagles have qualified for the next round Coach Rohr is likely to give the young boys (Onyekuru, Osimhen, Collins KALU etc)in the team the chance to prove themselves and as such the players would want to show that they deserved to be in the team to AFCON with a win against Madagascar.
Another point to note why the Eagles will defeat Madagascar is that, This Super Eagles *Defense* in this year’s AFCON has been one of the best Nigerians have experience in the last 20years. The defenders possess high level of coordination, understanding and maturity with Experience defenders which includes the likes of Omeruo and OLA Aina, Abdulahi Shehu who had remarkable and impressive seasons in their respective clubs in Europe last season. They also have the ability to score like we saw in the game against Guinea (Omeruo).
Lastly, the *experience* in the Super Eagles team is another advantage considering the fact that 90% of the players ply their trade professionally across different clubs in Europe as against a Madagascar side whose players predominantly (over 60%) ply their trade in France.
By Richard Sunday Jones