AFCON: Jonathan sends Mark, 3 govs, 3 ministers to South Africa

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By Ben Agande, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan is sending a high-powered delegation to South Africa to boost the morale of the super eagles and cheer them to victory in their final games against Burkina Faso on sunday.

A statement issued by the special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati Friday said the delegation will be led by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark  while  members include Governors Peter Obi of Anambra, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi  and the Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade and  the Minister of State (Works), Ambassador Bashir Yuguda.

Nigerian players pose prior to the 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match Mali vs Nigeria on February 6, 2013 in Durban. (LtoR, up to bottom) Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, (Nigeria's forward Brown Ideye, Nigeria's defender Kenneth Omeruo, Nigeria's forward Emmanuel Emenike, Nigeria's defender Godfrey Oboabona, Nigeria's defender Efe Ambrose, Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria's forward Sunday Mba, Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria's midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, Nigeria's defender Elderson Echiejile AFP PHOTO

Nigerian players pose prior to the 2013 African Cup of Nations semi-final football match Mali vs Nigeria on February 6, 2013 in Durban. AFP PHOTO

The statement said President Jonathan would have loved to be present in South Africa but his  official commitments in London and Paris have made it impossible for him to lead the cheering for the Super Eagles.

The president charged  the delegation to ensure that the members of the team are properly motivated and in the best possible spirits to win a resounding victory for the nation on Sunday.

“They are to also inform the team that President Jonathan will host a dinner reception for them at the State House Banquet Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to personally thank and honour them for their positively transformed performance in South Africa which has undoubtedly re-established Nigeria as a major power in international soccer.

“The President charged the team to go out against Burkina Faso on Sunday with the greatest determination to win a final victory that will bring immense joy and happiness to the millions of Nigerians at home and abroad who have had their pride restored by the triumphs against Ethiopia, Cote D’Ivoire and Mali, and are praying for ultimate success at South Africa’s National Stadium” the statement said.

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