Swedish expert in soccer for the physically challenged, Stefan Lovgren has showered encomiums on Nigeria’s Special Eagles for picking a victory at the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup.
Although the victory was not enough to see the Eagles move into the next round of the global competition in Mexico, footballlive.ng can report that Lovgren was thrilled to see the squad pick their first ever win in the competition’s history.
Lovgren admitted that he was excited to see the team make their mark on Wednesday, by beating El Salvador 1-0 in their last group tie.
The Special Eagles lost their first two matches in the group; 6-0 to Brazil and 3-0 to 2014 champions Russia in their second game.
After missing the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances, the Eagles made their debut at the tournament, following donations from well-meaning Nigerians to help them travel to this year’s tournament.
Despite Wednesday’s win, Nigeria could not progress to the knockout rounds after finishing third in the group, but Lovgren took to social media to reveal his thoughts and congratulated the team.
In a video posted by Lovgren, the players were seen celebrating after the lone goal was scored, and the Swede stated: “Making history! Nigeria gets its first win ever at the Amputee Football World Cup!”