President Goodluck Jonathan will join the Nigeria national football team, Super Eagles, at a special dinner today’s evening as the most populous black nation in the world is set to send forth her heroes to battle.
The very lucky 52â€“year- old, who became substantive President on May 6 following the death of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, will tell the superstars that the Government and good people of Nigeria are fully behind them to go to battle in South Africa and conquer the world. Of course, the players and officials will need all the luck they can get!
A oneâ€“time Deputy Governor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has become Nigeriaâ€™s leader in a year the nation is celebrating its Golden Jubilee anniversary and the Super Eagles are back in the global stage to play at Africaâ€™s first FIFA World Cup
Todayâ€™s dinner will come after a closeâ€“door training for the players at the National Stadium mainbowl, and the following morning, the two â€“time African champions are off to England for a nine â€“day training camp.
NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi said the big night is an occasion for the nationâ€™s leaders to appreciate the team and also gear the players and officials up for the FIFA World Cup finals, which is for the first time ever being staged on African soil.
â€œAs official sponsors of the Super Eagles, Coca-Cola is proud to host this event as a platform for the entire nation to appreciate these heroes and to pledge the confidence and support of over 140 million compatriots, as the team gears up for the great battle aheadâ€,Â said Austin Ufomba, Coca-Cola Nigeriaâ€™s Marketing Director. â€œWe at Coca-Cola are optimistic that the Super Eagles, imbued with the â€˜Naijaâ€™ spirit, will be the team to beat in South Africaâ€, he added.
Highpoints of tonightâ€™s showpiece, being bankrolled by NFF sponsors Coca Cola,Â will include address by President Goodluck Jonathan, live performance of the Super Eaglesâ€™ 2010 World Cup song, video/audio documentary on the Eaglesâ€™ march to the World Cup finals and live performance of the Nigerian remix of the Wavingâ€™ Flag, Coca-Colaâ€™s 2010 FIFA World Cup theme song originally done by Somali-born Kâ€™NAAN.
The remix rendered by the duo of Nigeriaâ€™s leading hip-hop stars, Banky W and MI, is dedicated to the Super Eagles and is a celebration of the â€˜Naija Spiritâ€™ â€“ that unfazed sense of optimism, confidence and perseverance that drives the average Nigerian to thrive in spite of adversity.