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I’ll give 100 per cent to excel in South Africa, says Lagerback

By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Newly contracted Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback, has declared that he would put in 100 per cent efforts to ensure the team have a good outing in the forthcoming 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

ROCK ••• Eagles' midfilder, John Obi Mikel, tries to get through the tackle of Chris Katongo of Zambia during their semi-final match at the just ended Nations Cup in Angola. Photo: AFP.

Lagerback,  who  in the company of  Nigeria Football Federation members, paid the Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, a courtesy visit, also said he was very proud to work with the Eagles.
In his brief remark, the 61-year ld Swede said, “I’m very proud to work with the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles.

“Since the interview last week Friday, I’ve realised  that Nigerians were very passionate about the football and the Super Eagles’ excelling at the World Cup. I’ll give in 100 per cent to ensure the  Eagles have a good outing at the World Cup”, thus declared Lars Lagerback.

Ndanusa had earlier said that the Swede’s coming would add value to the Eagles preparation and participation at the World Cup finals in South Africa, expressing that the gold medal that eluded the country in last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup and the recent African Nations Cup in Angola would be achieved in South Africa.

“I hope with the presence of Lars Lagerback we will realise the gold medal that eluded us in the Fifa Under-17 World Cup and the Angola Africa Nations Cup in South Africa .

I want to congratulate you for this opportunity to coach the Eagles, because to coach in Nigeria is an opportunity as there are abundant talents.

Therefore, your coming will add value to the political value in the country.
“Even at that, a lot is expected from you, and I would want to see you take your contract beyond the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa . Should you excel in South Africa , you will definitely take the team to the next World Cup finals.
“You’ll be given the enabling environment to excel so as to stay longer in Nigeria ”, Engineer Sani Ndanusa assured the Swede.

Sani Lulu Abdullahi, the NFF president in his earlier remark, told the NSC boss that the search for the Eagles’ new Technical Adviser commenced with the support of the Presidential Task Force to ensure that the Eagles qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Accompanying Lulu on the courtesy visit were the NFF general secretary; Bolaji Ojo_Oba, chairman NFF Technical Committee; Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, vice chairman NFF Technical Committee; Dominic Iorfa, the NFF assistant general secretary (Technical); James Peters and the Eagles co_ordinator; Emmanuel Attah.


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