As Morocco becomes only the fourth African team to advance to the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, some Nigerian sports enthusiasts criticize the Super Eagles.
Achraf Hakimi was the game’s hero as Morocco advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by defeating Spain 3-0 in a shootout after a scoreless draw.
After 120 minutes, there was no way to separate the two sides, and Spain’s three penalties—two of which were beautifully saved by goalie Yaccine Bounou—were all missed.
That left PSG’s defender, Hakimi, to win it with his fearless penalty shot and ignite joyful celebrations in the fans.
Morocco supporters, who mostly crowded Education City Stadium, went crazy at the final whistle as their team advanced to the round of eight for the first time, where they will take on Portugal or Switzerland on Saturday.
𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐨 𝟎-𝟎 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 (𝟑-𝟎 𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬): Stats Review
Morocco become just the fourth African team to make a #FIFAWorldCup quarter-final, thanks to a phenomenal defensive performance and a Yassine Bounou-inspired penalty shootout win. 🇲🇦https://t.co/IpLeRqc5rT
— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) December 6, 2022
After that, several sports enthusiasts in Nigeria began to tease the Super Eagles on their various Twitter feeds.
A fan wrote:
“Super Eagles, wake up.”
Another sports lover wrote:
“I thought Nigeria is the giant of Africa.”👀
Another sports enthusiast blasted the Super Eagles’ lackluster performance:
“Nigeria team can’t do this. In a country where they choose a player base on corruption… Even on African soil, they hardly perform.”
Other sports fans said the Nigerians should not be called the giant of Africa, seeing that they’ve not broken the record before:
“So Nigeria has not reached there before?. Why call ourselves the giant of Africa, then?”
A sports enthusiast questions:
“Which year we go hear Nigeria name”