The Honourable Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy W. Danagogo has commended Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi for formally naming a 30-man provisional squad preparatory to the FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil in June.
The Minister who said he is convinced that Keshi and his technical crew are capable of delivering the expectations of Nigerians for the World Cup, charged the team handler’s to commence serious preparation for the assignment at hand to ensure that the players give their best at the World Cup.
“ It is good that he has named a provisional squad and I plead with Nigerians to give him the maximum co-operation in the discharge of his duties”, the Minister said adding that “what remains now is for the technical crew to begin serious preparation so that the players put in their best when the competition kicks off next month.”
He however, charged Keshi to ensure that the final selection of 23 players is done without bias or sentiments as only the best players at all times should don the colours of the country at competitions.
“After the training sessions, I will advise Keshi and his team to ensure that the final 23 players to represent the country are picked without bias or sentiments. They must ensure that only the best players at all times are selected to represent the country,” he stressed.
Reiterating his earlier stance that the team should not limit their ambition to the Semi final but aim to get to the final and possibly lift the cup, he assured the team of the support of the government from the preparation to the participation proper.
“ I want to assure the Eagles that they will get the full support of Mr. President for their preparation and the campaign proper so that our target of going beyond the semi final and even winning the cup is achieved”, Dr. Danagogo said.