Envoy predicts Super Eagles victory over Ronaldo’s Portugal

Nigeria’s ambassador to Portugal, Alex Kefas has backed the Super Eagles to beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in an international friendly match on Thursday, November 17.

It is a grade-A friendly between the former continental champions in Lisbon. It will be Portugal’s final game at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon before jetting out to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

As expected, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo leads the European country’s contingent with Bruno Fernandes, AC Milan’s Leao, and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva as part of the supporting cast. 

On the other hand, the Super Eagles also have their own excellent players. Lorient forward Terem Moffi is one of the finest forwards in France, while KRC Genk marksman Paul Onuachu is the top goalscorer in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.

Maybe the pool of talents in the Super Eagles squad has influenced ambassador Kefas’ decision to back the three-time AFCON champions to beat the Selecao on Thursday.

“I’m happy to see a very powerful squad,” Kefas said, as per NFF TV, during a visit to the team camp.

“I have seen the list earlier so I went through the list one after the other I was so impressed that this is a very powerful squad and I’m sure you are going to win this match.

“Let me also let you know that this is the first time that we are going to have our national team play Portugal. So since we established our diplomatic relationship with Portugal 48 years ago, so this is going to be a special match not only for Portugal but also for our country.

“And I’m happy that the coach himself is from Portugal, so this game you have to win. It is important we redeem our name, our image and also for the coach.

“Some of you must have been aware that our president was here in June and July and that was the first time a Nigerian president visited Portugal on a state visit since 48 years ago.

“And during the visit, I want to let you know that one of the agreements signed between Nigeria and Portugal was on youth and sports. The Sports Minister was here, and this agreement is to further promote our relationship.

“I told the Portuguese ambassador that Nigeria will win 2-0, so I am confident we will do that. So please do your best; I wish you good luck, good health, and thank you very much.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

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