By Tony Ubani, in South Africa
Amaju Pinnick, chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, has spoken of what transpired when President Goodluck Jonathan met the Eagles on the eve of their match against Argentina. Amaju was privileged to be present and captured the moment this way:
â€œEverybody is commending the players for their play. I think that it had to do with that meeting with our President. Mr President bared his mind to the players and told them that from his interaction with other Presidents from Africa, he knew that they all banked on Nigeria to do Africa proud. He then charged them to know that they were not only representing Nigeria but also the entire continent. The President spoke so well and really moved the players.
It was unprecedented in Nigeria, I mean the way he spoke and interacted with the players. You could see the effect on the faces of the players. They were really inspired and they probably got onto the pitch with the words of Mr. President in their minds.
I doff my hat for the President. He was the tonic for the Eagles. Chief Michael Adenuga accompanied him and gave the Eagles one million dollars.
What a great philanthropist that man is. Unfortunately, Eagles lost but not disgraced. I bet you that the Presidentâ€™s interest played a role in buoying up the Eagles and we are lucky to have a President that likes sports. I see a lot of improvement in our sports soon.â€