So there we have it – eliminated at the quarterfinal stage. Again, we are left wondering what might have been for The Elephants. As soon as kick-off started, there seemed to be a lack of certainty and motivation from the players, which left them one goal down just before halftime.
Throughout the game Emenike looked the most dangerous player on the pitch, always fighting to get The Eagles in front, and he did just that with a thunderous free kick, which went straight through Copa. A strong first 15-minute performance in the second half saw Tiote equalize, only for Mba to score the winner for Nigeria in the 78th minute.
Another defeat and early exit for The Elephants – something I didn’t expect. Maybe the “Golden Generation” will have to look back on what could have been. I am left a very disappointed fan this morning in Singapore.