Without a doubt, Nigerians are one of the most passionate football fans on earth and would go the extra mile to show their support for the country’s national football teams when the occasion calls for it. After narrowly qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Late Shuaibu Amodu led Super Eagles squad would file out for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in the quest for African glory. A 3-1 loss to Egypt in their first game was no good news for the passionate Nigerian football fans but a 1-0 win in their second game against the Benin Republic, backed up by a 3-0 victory over Mozambique in their last group game meant the Eagles had a big task ahead in the quarterfinals against the Chipolopolos (copper bullets) of Zambia.
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The game which held on January 25, 2010, at the Estadio Alto da Chela with an attendance of 10,000, saw Nigerians present in Angola grace the stadium with their green white green flags, while fans back home watched from their television sets as the centre referee unleashed hostilities with the whistle. The game would drag on to extra time after both teams failed to find the back of the net.
Nigerians had the heroics of Vincent Enyeama to thank as he made some remarkable saves to keep the game at a stalemate alongside a block from Nigerian defender, Yusuf Mohammed. Things would get worst for the Eagles in the first half of extra time after Onyekachi Apam was shown a red card in the 107th minute, but Nigerians in their usual manner did not cease support backed up by prayers for their national team. The game would be decided by penalties after the Chipolopolos failed to use the advantage of the red card shown Apam.
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Vincent Enyeama was undoubtedly Nigeria’s hero of the night. After making excellent saves during the game, his penalty shot stood out as the best as Nigeria went on to win the game 5-4 on penalties and book a spot in the semi-final against the Black Stars of Ghana
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