…demands victory against Liberia
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan watched the country’s team train Wednesday and then urged them to win in Liberia on Saturday.
President Jonathan gave the mandate when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Eagles during their evening session ahead of a 2013 Nations Cup qualifier in Monrovia.
The President who was in the company of Vice president Namadi Sambo and Ministers of Sports, FCT and Finance including the chairman of governors forum Rotimi Amaechi, who is the governor of Rivers State, expressed confidence in the ability of the Super Eagles.
“From what I have seen from your training, I am confident that you would make Nigerians proud this weekend in Monrovia,“ the President said.
The President, who declared his intention to watch the 2013 AFCON finals in South Africa, told the Eagles that it can only be possible if the Eagles put Liberia aside.
“I want to be in the Nations Cup in South Africa but that cannot happen if you do not beat Liberia to qualify. All what you need to qualify and we will provide for you. So, I charge you to go out and qualify this country for the Nations Cup,” Jonathan added.
Eagles coach Stephen Keshi thanked the President for visiting the team, saying his personal interest will further galvanise the team to win in Monrovia on Saturday.
On Monday, the President called up Keshi demanding that the team beat Liberia this weekend.
The President also announced the constitution of a committee to reposition sports in the country, assuring that the poor state facility at the Abuja National stadium will soon be in the past.
The committee is headed by the Minister of Finance Okonjo Iweala.