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Tom Saintfiet hails Super Eagles

Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has hailed the Super Eagles of Nigeria after a double victory against Mali on Friday and Luxemburg on Tuesday.

Nigeria beat Mali 1-0 in France on Friday and went on to defeat Luxemburg 3-1 at home on Tuesday.

The respected Belgian tactician (a household name in Africa), who watched the game at the Stade Josy Barthel, said the Super Eagles had a great game.

“Certainly, it is always more difficult to play the so –called smaller teams. They go all out at you because they really don’t have much to lose.

“The Super Eagles had a great game in the second half because they made good use of space and created several chances. It was a bit tight in the first half because Luxembourg refused to come out to play and concentrated on frustrating Nigeria. I think these matches (including the one against Mali in France) were good for the Super Eagles.”

In March 2012, Saintfiet was appointed as the technical director of Nigeria by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). However, the Nigerian ministry of sports hinted three months later that there were many competent Nigerians and preferred a Nigerian instead of a foreign technical director.

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