Lagos, Nigeria:- The city of Lagos met abnormal calmness following the 2-1 loss of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to the Argentine national team at the St. Petersburg Stadium in Russia. The loss means Argentina have progressed to the round of 16 at the expense of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Prior to the match, it was observed that the mood of Nigerians were very high, so much was expected from the the team in that match and that was practically because of the fact that the Super Eagles 2-0 defeat of Iceland had raised the hopes of Lagosians.
This is the first time in the history of the meeting between Argentina and Nigeria that the South Americans would score late to get a win, it was hard to believe that the team would lose, and that was basically because Nigeria who needed a draw against the Albiceleste to progress kept that hope alive until 4 minutes to end of match before that hope drifted away.
The viewing centre at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere Lagos was already filled to the brim as at 5:30pm local time when we visited the scene, most of the fans we saw were already seeing the Eagles in the round of 16 ahead of the clash, but the venue was met with the calmness of a graveyard when the final whistle was blasted.
There was little to talk about after the loss, as most fans believed the loss was an opportunity for us to come back home and address pertinent issues affecting the development of our economy. One man who spoke with Sport Intelligence (www.sportintelligencemag.com) faulted the selection of Gernet Rohr by not playing Alex Iwobi when it was needed.
Bar attendant who had anticipated heavy sales after the qualification of the Super Eagles closed up immediately, as the seats in the bars went empty within a twinkle of an eye. It was difficult for many to believe that this could happen, but the reality is that the Super Eagles are out and Nigerians quickly remembered that there was work the next day.
This is also the first time since their meetings in the World Cup that Argentina had sent Nigeria packing from the tournament, in every other time Nigeria had always progressed despite losing to Nigeria, except in 2002 where the duo of Argentina and Nigeria were sent packing by England and Sweden.