Ekiti State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has described Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for next year World Cup holding in South Africa as the work of God, saying; â€œTruly, the God of soccer is a Nigerian.â€
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, Governor Oni said the Super Eaglesâ€™ 3-2 defeat of the Harambee Stars of Kenya and Tunisiaâ€™s loss to Mozambique in Maputo was miraculous and such victory could only come from God.
â€œI wish to join all soccer loving Nigerians, who must have been on the edge of their seats throughout the period the deciding match between Nigeria and Kenya on one hand and the one between Tunisia and Mozambique lasted in celebrating this sweet victory.
â€œI also commend the Super Eagles players for bringing out the â€˜Nijaâ€™ in them byÂ defeating the hard fighting Kenyans three goals to two in on their own soil.
â€œMost importantly however, God Almighty deserves all the praises because He, alone could have made it possible for us to get the world cup ticket at the last minute when it appeared that all hope was already lost,â€ Oni said.
While calling the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) not to be carried away by the world cup qualification, Governor Oni said the footballÂ governing body should instead go back to the drawing board and put all necessary machineries in place for good showing at the tournament proper.
His words; â€œWhile we are celebrating this miraculous feat, the NFF should not be carried away. The body should instead begin in earnest preparations for the World Cup by putting all necessary machineries in place for the Super Eagles to do Nigeria proud at the tournament.â€
Governor Oni also urged Nigerians to support the Golden Eaglets with prayers so that Nigeria can come out with flying colours in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final match against Switzerland tomorrow.
â€œThe Eaglets have indeed been very super and have displayed characters and attributes of a champion. All that is needed is for us to pray for them so that the good Lord, who gave us the South Africa 2010 World Cup should also crown the Eagletsâ€™ efforts with the ultimate success, which is the Cup.â€