THE Super Eagles of Nigeria will keep on silencing the doubting Thomases until the end of the 29th Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) soccer final where they hope to remain the last team standing.
This is the bold prediction made by their goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who is confident they will not only beat Mali tomorrow, but go all the way to win the final.
Enyeama has been one of the star performers of Nigeria, who ensured they reached the semifinal after brushing aside Ivory Coast, winning Sunday's match 2-1.
"This is a great achievement for us and the people of Nigeria. I know when I said we will beat Ivory Coast many people thought we were dreaming. We have been watching Ivory Coast since the start of this tournament. We knew that we will end their campaign in this tournament," said the Israeli-based Enyeama, who commended his compatriots for a job well done.
"The doubting Thomases are in for more big shocks. We are ready for Mali. I can promise you we will be in the final and will also win it. Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi is building a new Nigerian team that wants to emulate the success of the Class of 1994.
"We owe it to the people of Nigeria."
Keshi was also on cloud nine after the win over Ivory Coast.
"My team was simply the best, beating a team with big name players like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou is a great achievement.
"We are now going to prepare ourselves for Mali, it will be a tough one but I believe in this team to make Nigeria proud," he said.
Keshi, who captained the Nigerian team which last won the Afcon title in 1994, was full of praise for Sunday Mba who scored the all important winning goal.
Sunday's win also saw Nigeria reach their fifth semifinal in seven Afcon finals.