ABUJA _ Bolaji Ojo-oba was blowing hot minutes after Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Here are his exact words as he celebrated Eagles 3-2 victory in Kenya :
â€œLet anybody wishing us bad go to blazes. This is a period of fulfillment; what happens to us next should now be to focus. The reality is that they wanted qualification, and weâ€™ve given them qualification.
Iâ€™m fulfilled, Iâ€™m fulfilledâ€,Â Bolaji Ojo Oba, the Nigeria Football Federation general secretary blasted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Sports Centre Kasarani, Nairobi after the Eagles had defeated the Harambee Stars to pick the ticket to next yearâ€™s World Cup finals in South Africa.
Ojo Oba continued:â€œIâ€™m fulfilled, the ultimate has come now, and Iâ€™m happy weâ€™re part of it.
â€œRuggedness, desire, perseverance and the desire to be in South Africa at all cost were the factors that motivated us to realise the ticket. Even when the players were one goal down, they did not allow it to bring down their morale.
The spirit of Nigerians was very much present in them. They knew that Nigeria was expecting so much from them, and they knew that the only thing they could do to give that hope to Nigeria was to make sure Nigeria finds its way to South Africa . And successfully, theyâ€™ve done itâ€.
â€œAnd the act of God, the belief in the efficacy of God; efficacy of prayers ofÂ Â Â 150 million Nigerians; the prayers they have offered, the eleven boys have compensated us.
The night vigil they observed all in the name of giving us victory, the eleven boys have compensated us. We thank Nigerians; we thank those who believed in us including those who did not even believe in us. What is essential is that weâ€™ve done it, and we did not only do it, but we did it well. Weâ€™ve done it, we will do it and we will continue doing it.The fact is that we are one of the 32.
I thank Nigerians and I thank those who believe in us and those who do not believe in us. Shame to all our criticsâ€, Ojo-Oba rapped.