WORRIED — Keshi
By JACOB AJOM
Last year, Nigeria witnessed a plethora of achievements in football as the Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Golden Eaglets put the icing on the cake with a triumphant display at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
In between, the female national teams did their bits with resounding results – the Flamingoes qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup while the Falconets are in the final round of the African qualification series of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Smarting from these landmark achievements, the Nigeria Football Federation has promised that the 2014 football calendar will witness even better results.
In what sounded like his New Year message yesterday, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari told Sports Vanguard, “2013 was a year of excellence, a year that brought a lot of joy to the Nigerian football family and a year that left many soccer-loving Nigerians with unforgettable memories.”
He said the achievements of last year will serve as a motivation for even higher targets in 2014. Said he, “2014 is going to be better as we are going to build on the achievements of the past year. We are starting with the African Nations Championship in South Africa and will crown it all with the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.”
Maigari stated that the Super Eagles Team B are good enough for the CHAN title as they have been given everything needed to do well.
“I disagree with you on the notion that the team had a short time to prepare. We at the NFF had long, medium and short term plans for the CHAN team and they were provided with adequate camp conditions and everything they need to succeed. As far as I’m concerned we have done our beat for to win. It is left for them to deliver” the NFF boss said, adding, “I believe the Super Eagles team B will make Nigerians proud in South Africa.”
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