Calabar — Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke has said with the calibre of players in the present Super Eagles squad, the team will surely excel in South Africa come 2013.
The governor who was speaking at the state dinner organised for the Eagles after their 6-1 victory over the Lone Star on Saturday, lauded the players' performance and said they are among the best players in the world.
Imoke said all the Eagles need is focus, commitment, early preparations and the support of Nigerians to triumph in South Africa.
The governor categorically said 2013 is the year of glory for the Super Eagles because South Africa is where the national team would prove in words and deeds that it is back to the glory days.
He said: "The Eagles put up an outstanding performance. They were well coordinated. I was not surprised because we have some of the best players who are playing the best football in the world.
"If they are focused and can do the right thing, I don't think there is any team in Africa that can beat the Super Eagles".
The governor said it's been long when the Eagles last emerged champions of Africa but what he had seen of the team, Eagles would go to South Africa in 2013 and return with the trophy.
"I believe if we can sustain this, then we can excel in South Africa and bring home the trophy. I am convinced that 2013 is the year of glory for the Super Eagles"
The Cross River State governor therefore promised to reward the Eagles for their outstanding performance against the Lone Star just as he pledged to financially support the team's preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.