08 Feb Nigeria: Plaudits for Nwabali after shootout heroics
By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria
Stanley Nwabali, the Super Eagles goalkeeper, has earned praise from Nigerians for his outstanding performance during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. Nwabali’s heroic display in the semifinal shootout against South Africa helped Nigeria secure a spot in the final for the first time since 2013. Despite conceding a penalty during regulation time, Nwabali made spectacular saves and saved two penalties in the shootout, earning him the Man of the Match award. Fans expressed their admiration for Nwabali’s skills and expressed confidence in Nigeria’s chances of winning the tournament. Nwabali has been a standout player throughout the tournament, keeping four clean sheets and making numerous saves.