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Nigeria: Maigari, Envoys Assure of FG Support for Eagles

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Nigeria's Super Eagles celebrating a goal (file photo).

Nigeria's Consul General in New York, Ambassador Jeffrey Temilabe, was overjoyed by the Super Eagles victory over Venezuelan on Wednesday night in Miami, Florida, United States.

Addressing the team after the match in the company of the Nigerian Ambassador to Argentina, Ambassador Chive Ignatius Kaave,

Temilabe said the Eagles are bringing back memories of when the team was the dominant force in African football by winning the Nations Cup in 1994 and the Olympics Gold Medal at the Atlanta '96 Olympic Games.

He assured he will put in words at the highest level of governance for the team to be well supported ahead of the Nations Cup in South Africa next year.

On his part, Kaave, who was a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, thanked the team and particularly Keshi for returning the country to its glory days in football.

"This team must be supported at all times because I see a trophy coming soon to Nigeria through the hard work that has been put in here," he said.

NFF President Aminu Maigari, told the team not to fret over support from government as he has President Goodluck Jonathan assurance to give the team backing at all times.

"The President am sure must have watched you play and as he told you when he visited, you will not lack any form of support, let's just keep the flag flying at all times," he said.

Meanwhile, excited residents of Miami city, say they want the Nigerian national team back soonest following their exciting display against Venezuela.

Marcos Bandwitch, a fan of Venezuela, said : "We want you to come back and play here and make us love football more because baseball is our game here but you have made us like football very well now."

On his part Gi Carlos, a Brazilian, who was attached to the Eagles team, said after he got a green white shirt from one of the players, that he can's wait to see Nigeria play again in Miami.

"You guys were simply fantastic and we want you back against any team here at Marlins Park".

Incidentally, Nigeria and Venezuela are the first team to play a soccer game at the Marlins Park, which was built only eight months ago.

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