Angry Nigerians Attack Super Eagles After Embarrassing Loss to Portugal in International Friendly

Angry Nigerians Attack Super Eagles After Embarrassing Loss to Portugal in International Friendly

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
  • Portugal vs Nigeria game will be bitterly remembered by the Super Eagles fans who were utterly disappointed
  • Even without their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal humiliated their visitors in Lisbon
  • A number of Nigerians have admitted that it was better that the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the World Cup

Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to lambast the Super Eagles following their embarrassing 4-0 loss to Portugal in an international friendly.

Even without captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese team ran riot and thoroughly sent a warning as they head to Qatar for the World Cup.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes grabbed a brace in the encounter and then Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario got a goal each in the second half.

Portugal vs Nigeria, Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro
Portugal vs Nigeria ended 4-0 in favour of the World Cup-bound Selecao. Photo: Octavio Passos
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It was a poor night for Nigeria as striker Emmanuel Dennis also missed a penalty as his tame effort was saved by Rui Patricio.

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While the Portuguese head straight to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria miss out on the global showpiece having conceded the ticket to Ghana.

It had ended 0-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi before the Black Stars for the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Abuja to qualify for the Mundial.

After the humiliating loss to Portugal, Nigerians have taken to social media to admit that it was better the Eagles did not even qualify to play in Qatar.

One said:

"Are "most" Super Eagles players overrated? Because why are we playing like this?"

Another added:

"I hope Emmanuel Dennis has played his last game for the Super Eagles."

A fan wrote:

"Omo thank God say Super Eagles no qualify o, we for too dash points.

Another said:

"Super Eagles of Nigeria collect beating from Portugal upon say no Cristiano Ronaldo. Thank God Nigeria didn't qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup na this nonsense we for they watch."

Why Cristiano Ronaldo missed the match

Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of Portugal's squad for the international friendly with the Super Eagles.

Coach Fernando Santos confirmed that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was having a stomach bug and would not be available for the match.

Ronaldo and his teammates are currently in camp in Portugal as they prepare ahead of their campaign at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.