August 18, 2016

Tambuwal hosts Eaglets, asks team to go for victory in Niamey

Tambuwal hosts Eaglets, asks team to go for victory in Niamey

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto

National Under-17 team have been charged to make Nigeria proud when they face Niger Republic in an African championship second leg qualifying encounter in Niamey, on Saturday. Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State gave the charge on Wednesday night when he hosted the officials and players of the team camped ahead of their departure to Niger.



Tambuwal said, ”the level of determination shown by the players during their preparations showed that they mean business. “I want you to take up this challenge and take this as a match that can make or mar your soccer careers. “But, with the kind of determination I see on your faces, victory is certain by the grace of Almighty Allah.

“I want to believe the reason you camped here in the City of the Caliphate is not only because we share border with Niger, but, also because this is a peaceful state. “It is great privilege to have you with us. I congratulate all of you for being part of this contingent on your way to Niger Republic”, Tambuwal said. He urged the players to go to Niamey, win, and qualify for the next round.

General-Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, commended Tambuwal for his selfless service to Nigerian football. “I want to use this opportunity to thank our sport-loving governor. Not many knew that the Tambuwal had long been supporting Nigerian football even before he became the governor of Sokoto state.

“We (NFF) had turbulent time when he was the Speaker, but he was always there to assist us; and we would forever be grateful for that. ”To our joy, his administration also accepted to host the Golden Eaglets at a very short notice and we are indeed very grateful”, Sanusi added.

Sanusi, who is an indigene of Sokoto state, urged the government to provide befitting sports facilities in the state. He added that sports and indeed football had become a veritable avenue for physical and human development with other inherent economic benefits.