Logarusic Hrvatsko, coach of Sudan, says goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye singlehandedly took Nigeria to the final of African Nations Championship in Morocco.
Hrvatsko said Ajiboye was the man of the match because of his heroic performance between the sticks.
The home-based Eagles pipped the Falcons of Sudan 1-0 to reach the first ever final of the championship.
After the match, the Sudan coach said, “Ajiboye was the one that took them to the final. He gave to them a nice confidence and when the needed help in the goal, he was the one that helped.
“He played the game well and he is the man of the match for me. What I realised when he was coming was that he was a cool guy, though he looked a bit older.
“I say congratulations to the Nigerian team but you know sometimes in football, you don’t deserve to lose but you lose the game.
“While sometimes you don’t deserve to win but you win the game but today at the end Nigeria put the ball in the net to score and they defended well.
“But we were dangerous on the counter-attack but what is important for me with the Sudan national team is that they are showing progress and they are playing some nice football.
“Also now like I said before, the boys can compete against any country in Africa. Today we played against Nigeria and I think we produced a good account of ourselves”.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing the hosts, Atlas Lions of Morocco in Sunday final.