Former Super Eagles star, Henry Nwosu has charged the current set of Nigerian players at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations to shake off the agony of defeat from Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Algeria and put themselves together for a better outing against Tunisia on Wednesday.
Nwosu noted that Nigeria has a strong tradition of winning third place matches in AFCON history, with seven over all so far, hence his charge to the players to ensure they recover quickly from the setback and end up gaining something from their trip to Egypt.
The Maroc ’88 star, who was part of the Nigerian team that beat Algeria in the semi-finals of that year’s competition via marathon penalties, after playing 1-1 at regulation time, further pointed out during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that defeat is part of the game.
He philosophized that, in as much as everyone wants to win, players must be able to pick themselves up and face the next game if they lose, which he stressed is now the task before the Eagles, heading into their third-place match with Tunisia on Wednesday.
Haven felt the pain of defeat and seen first hand what it means to lose a crucial match, as his goal was disallowed in the 1988 final that Cameroon eventually won with a dubious penalty converted by Emmanuel Kunde, Nwosu concluded by predicting that the Eagles will surely rise again.
Nwosu comforted the team further, saying: “It is painful that we lost to Algeria, but we must know that losing is not the end of life.
“I always tell myself that there of different results you can get from a match, losing is one of them.
“You cannot win every match you play. Defeat is also part of the game. When you lose, you pick yourselves up and try again next time.
“So, our team should pick themselves up in Egypt, gather themselves for the third place match and ensure they win it. I know they will do better.”