2018 World Cup: Fans of Nigerian team remain optimistic despite defeat

The Nigerian community in Yaounde clustered in specific spots to watch the country perform in the first game against Croatia, June 16.

The fans took time off their busy schedule,  hours before the highly awaited match.

As the wait got unbearable, time was spent over bottles of beer in drinking spots.

In Mvog Ada, a neighbourhood noted for its predominance in motor spare parts shops owned by Nigerians, there was total mobilisation.

The shops were gradually closed by owners who hurried away to watch the high pitched match.

Many chanted songs even before the match in anticipation for victory for Super Eagles.

Cameroonians stood side by side the Nigerian brothers to support one of Africa’s ambassadors at the ongoing 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bearing gadgets,  the discussions in favour of Nigeria and even songs were positive predictions for the Super Eagles.

Okechukwu Ogu, from Nigeria’s Imo State was glued to his television watching the Denmark- Peru encounter, the third match of the day.

The businessman was adamant in his believe that Nigeria will stage an impressive show, he predicted a 2-0 win in favour of his side, Nigeria.

Lukan Ibube was carrying a broad smile as a show of confidence and trust in the Nigerian squad. He vividly recounted Nigeria’s friendly outing with England, a match that made him believe the John Mikel Obi, Iwobi, Victor Mosses, Musa and many big names in the Nigerian team will stand their grounds.

Ibube like Emeka, predicted a  3-0 win over the tie-breaker, Croatia.

Another Nigerian, Chukuma Felix from Anambra State was fast to conclude that Croatia is not a match for Nigeria.

To him, the Super Eagles will definitely edge Croatia 2-1.

Back into the drinking spots, spectators cheered as the match started, but not for long as Croatia overpowered Nigeria  2-0 win.

In the Onyeke’s home in Essos, it was a full house as many watched a rather tricky football nation, Croatia.

The interest generated by the match was also perceivable on some public spots where die-hards were served through the giant TV screens projecting the match. It is a great start for Croatia

No one predicted  a defeat but  Nigeria can only pray for better days ahead.  Hopes remain alive as the Super Eagles can sharpen the claws.

There are hopes for a better performance in the clash with Iceland come June 22.

Benly Anchunda

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