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President Jonathan dines with Eagles

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 52–year- old, who became substantive President on May 6 following the death of Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’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 one–time Deputy Governor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has become Nigeria’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 Africa’s first FIFA World Cup
Today’s dinner will come after a close–door training for the players at the National Stadium mainbowl, and the following morning, the two –time African champions are off to England for a nine –day training camp.

NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi said the big night is an occasion for the nation’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.

“As 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 ahead”,  said Austin Ufomba, Coca-Cola Nigeria’s Marketing Director. “We at Coca-Cola are optimistic that the Super Eagles, imbued with the ‘Naija’ spirit, will be the team to beat in South Africa”, he added.

Highpoints of tonight’s showpiece, being bankrolled by NFF sponsors Coca Cola,  will include address by President Goodluck Jonathan, live performance of the Super Eagles’ 2010 World Cup song, video/audio documentary on the Eagles’ march to the World Cup finals and live performance of the Nigerian remix of the Waving’ Flag, Coca-Cola’s 2010 FIFA World Cup theme song originally done by Somali-born K’NAAN.

The remix rendered by the duo of Nigeria’s leading hip-hop stars, Banky W and MI, is dedicated to the Super Eagles and is a celebration of the ‘Naija Spirit’ – that unfazed sense of optimism, confidence and perseverance that drives the average Nigerian to thrive in spite of adversity.


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