The Special Eagles of Nigeria made sure they left some records in their first outing at the Amputee World Cup currently on in Mexico by recording a first goal and the first win in their third game against El-Salvador. They played in a difficult group where they got thrashed in their first two matches of the World Cup.
Stefan Lovgren, a Swedish journalist, who gave a review of the match said: “this is the stuff of dreams. We won a game at the World Cup. Ezeji Kennedy scored and enters the record books as the first Nigerian to ever score in an amputee World Cup game.
“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.
“We played more on the counter. We could have scored more but the slim margin victory was all that was needed. As the match ended, the Nigerians were bombarded by the appreciating crowd. They were signing autographs and taking pictures. They are in very high spirits.
“Foreign-based Bamgbopa came in in the second half and played more as a striker to drive up the needed energy. Chimaobi Michael was too much to handle for his speed and strength. He had a couple of chances that were wasted.
“Man of the match should go to Kennedy who scored the goal and had some outstanding plays in the match. It was a fantastic outing for the Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Kenya who lost their first match by 4-1 to Turkey recorded a 2-1 victory against the USA giving them the needed confidence to get back in the tournament. Angola, the reigning African champions have been showing their class in Mexico with a 4-0 win over Ukraine and a win by a lone goal over Spain.