Out-going Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has urged the home-based Super Eagles, who play Togo in the final today, to win the WAFU Nations Cup and present it as parting gift to him.
Otunba Daniel who spoke when the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari led other officials on a courtesy call said the Eagles who fought a titanic battle before overcoming their Ghanaian opponent in the semi-finals, should go all out to defeat Togo today. Otunba Daniel praised the officials of the federation for returning the country’s football to winning ways urging them to maintain the trend.
“This future cannot be realized without a deliberate developmental programme to capture the continent’s abundant raw talent and nurture them. It is in this light that we share in the vision of the organizers of this tournament.
It is important for countries in the West African sub region to have solid home based national teams which could then be fortified from time to time with foreign based players to enable the region fully regain its dominance at the senior national level “Governor Daniel told the delegation.
He said Ogun State sees sports as an instrument of socio_ economic engineering as the hosting of the competitions helps the state to constantly improve its sporting infrastructure, provide temporary and permanent jobs for its citizens, rev up the pace of economic and commercial activities, promote tourism, generate interest in sports among the young ones and ultimately sell the potentials of the State to National and International audiences.
Speaking earlier, Maigari described Governor Daniel as a shining example of a firm believer in the power of football and sports. He noted that Ogun under the watch of Governor Daniel Ogun has recorded giant strides in the development of sports infrastructure.
He said by supporting football and sports, the governor was supporting the cause of the youth and the leaders of tomorrow. He lauded the governor for hosting the WAFU Nations Cup for the second time in as many years and for always hosting national teams, assuring him that the his tremendous investments in the area of football development would always be remembered by the nations sports fraternity.