Ibrahim Sa’id is the name on the lips of every football lover in Nigeria. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder savaged the game for Nigeria with his superb hat-trick. Nigeria has won two out of their three games in Group B making them the group leaders with six points.
The first goal came from an error made by the Ecuador goalie who failed to clear the ball properly. Ibrahim Sa’id with the first touch of the ball lobbed it straight past the La Tricolor goalkeeper. It resulted in the first goal in the 5th minute of the game. The Ecuadorians responded immediately in the 10th minute with a low placed shot which met the woodwork before hitting Daniel Jinadu and went into the net.
The first substitution of the game came in the first 31 minutes of the game. They moved to the second half of the game with Nigeria creating lots of scoring chances. Relieve came for the Ecuador team after Nigerian defender Charles Etim gave a tackle which was reviewed by (VAR). A penalty was awarded after the review. Jonah Mina sent the goalkeeper the wrong way putting his team ahead. Ibrahim Sa’id and his teammates did not give up.
The captain of the Nigeria team Samson Tijani shielded the defense superbly even though there was very little communication between the central defense and the defense. In the midfield, the Golden Eaglet was seen in charge making passes and re-distributing the ball to the attack line. Olakunle Olusegun gave the Ecuador defense with his speed. The speedster troubled Ecuador’s defenders all night.
Ibrahim Sa’is The Hero of The Day
His skill is not in doubt; his playing style and pattern will remind you of Julius Aghahowa of the Atlanta69. Ibrahim Sa’id scored with superb curling of his power foot placing the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper in 84th minute. The goal is already in line for the best goal of the tournament. His second goal came after a nice one-two play from Samson Tijani and him (Ibrahim Sa’id) before placing it with his right foot to the back of the net in the 89th minute.
Ibrahim Sa’id is currently the highest goal scorer in the tournament; the lad has scored three goals in two games. Speaking in an interview, Ibrahim said he feels so happy and that he is grateful to God and his teammates. Sa’id rounded the interview by saying Nigerians should keep praying and supporting them. God willing they will come back with the trophy.