Abuja – An Abuja-based football enthusiast, Aminu Kurfi, on Friday pledged to give the Super Eagles the sum of one thousand U.S dollars for each goal scored against Guinea today.
Kurfi also donated one thousand U.S dollars to the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), saying the body needed the money to continue to fully support the national teams.
The Eagles are hosting Guinea’s Syli Nationale in a 2012 African Nations Cup final round qualifier.
The Group B match is scheduled for 2 p.m at the Abuja National Stadium, with the Eagles needing a win to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.
“The Eagles need to score as many goals as possible in order to be comfortable during the game and make their supporters comfortable too,” Kurfi said.
The former Personal Assistant to Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd.), a former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), also said the team needs Nigerians’ prayers and encouragement to succeed.
“I am doing this to encourage the team, and I am asking other Nigerians to encourage the players and officials too.
“Not only that, they need our prayers, because they have to protect Nigeria’s name and integrity with victory over Guinea and eventual qualification for the Nations Cup.
“That is something we have not failed to do since after 1986. So, to do this, the team needs all the support it can get,” he said.
Kurfi who is about completing and launching a football academy in Abuja also pledged to continue supporting the Eagles after their qualification for the Nations Cup finals.
“I will continue to do my bit as every Nigerian should do, because the team is ours and is uplifting not only our image but our morale also.
“We must continue to support it so that it will continue to make us proud,” he said.
While donating to the NFSC, Kurfi said the club deserved all the support it could get for the role it plays in boosting the team’s morale.
“This is a club I have for long known to be selfless in its services, with the way the members leave their homes and work to support the team.
“The club deserves our support, and I am laying an example by donating this money to them for now and motivate them for a good job tomorrow,” he said.
The football enthusiast then pledged a sum of one million Naira to the NFSC to assist it in travelling to the Nations Cup finals if the Eagles qualify.
“I am hopeful that the Eagles will qualify by God’s grace, and this is why I will give the club this money for the trip to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next January,” he said.
Responding to Kurfi’s gesture, President-General of NFSC, Mr Rafiu Ladipo, described him as an all-time friend of both Nigerian football and the club.
“He is an all-time friend of Nigerian football, and he has travelled far and wide with us. He has also supported us all this while.
“With the encouragement we have got from him today, we will support the Eagles tomorrow more than we usually do and by God’s grace the Eagles will win,” he said.(NAN)