By Ben Efe
President Goodluck Jonathan has told the Eagles to win the World Cup trophy in South Africa 2010.
Jonathan gave the national team this tall order at the weekend after bidding the coach Lars Lagerback-tutored Eagles goodbye and good luck as he hosted the team prior to their departure to England to start their final World Cup preparations.
â€œThis is a call to national duty and I expect the Eagles to prepare well and win this trophy.
â€œThat will be a birthday gift for our country and set the stage for a golden jubilee celebration of our independence as a nation,â€ said Jonathan who will grace the opening ceremony of the SA 2010 World soccer fiesta on June 11. He will also watch the Eagles play their group B opening game against Argentina in Durban.
Jonathan shook the Eagles one by one with his good luck hand and said: â€œPlay, win and we will make you smile.â€
The Eagles will have a feel of competition on Tuesday when they play a friendly game against Saudi Arabia, and they will remain in London to train and keep another date with Colombia, before jetting to South Africa to play their last friendly against North Korea on June 5.