Golden Eaglets hat-trick hero, Sa’id Ibrahim Mohammed has attributed Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Ecuador to ‘the great spirit of unity’ in the team. Mohammed who was speaking after the match paid tribute to his teammates for helping bring the best out of him.
‘I fell very happy to have scored a hat trick today. I couldn’t have done it without the help of all my team mates and the prayers of Nigerians. Our aim is to win the world cup and we will keep working hard to win the trophy.’ Sa’id Ibrahim Mohammed told DiegwuSports.com
Sa’id put Nigeria in front after only five minutes as goalkeeper Lopez made a hash of an attempted pass to his defender. An alert Sa’id intercepted and slotted past Lopez from outside the box.
The lively and tactically –disciplined South Americans were level five minutes later, as Mejia turned Ferdinand Ikenna from just outside the box and pulled the trigger. The ball grazed the upright and then went into the net off the back of goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu.
Nine minutes into the second half, Ecuador were awarded a penalty by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as Charles Etim had a slight contact with an advancing Ecuadorian attacker in a melee. Johan Mina sent Jinadu the wrong way to put the South Americans in the lead.
Sa’id drew Nigerian level in the 84th minute with a sweet, angled drive after receiving a pass from Jabaar.
Five minutes later, it was Sa’id again, blasting past Lopez from inside the box from a determined team move. Lopez got his hand to the ball but it was too hot to halt its flight into the net handing all three points to Nigeria.
Tuesday’s win is the 2nd time in a row that Nigeria is wining a match from a losing position and Sa’id has attributed that to the strength in unity.
‘We have a great spirit of unity in the team, we communicate with each other frankly and today just like in the 1st match when we were a goal down, we spoke to each other and put on a great team performance to turn the situation around’
Nigeria will now face Hungary in the last group match already qualified for the round of 16.