This Day (Lagos)

30 January 2013

Nigeria/South Africa: Maigari Thanks Nigerians, Expresses Faith in Eagles

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari has expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Nigeria for the tremendous support so far given to the Super Eagles at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations.

The two-time African champions reached the quarter finals in South Africa on the back of a 2-0 defeat of Ethiopia in Rustenburg on Tuesday night, with two earlier 1-1 draws against Burkina Faso and Zambia looking to put them in danger of elimination.

In Johannesburg on Wednesday, just before setting out to Rustenburg to meet with players and officials of the Eagles at their Hunters' Rest nest, Maigari minced no words in commending the Government and Nigerians at home and abroad for their prayers and general support that have seen the Nigerian squad thus far.

"I want to say that progress to the quarter finals has been made possible by the huge support we have received from the Government and our people from everywhere, at home and in the diaspora, people of different faiths and backgrounds praying in one accord for the team's success.

"We owe it to the Government and all these people to progress even further in the championship."

Meanwhile, Chairman NFF's Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama said in Johannesburg on Wednesday that he sees the Super Eagles flying over the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire in Sunday's mouth-watering Cup of Nations quarter final clash in Rustenburg.

Inyama, also Chairman of the Nigeria National League and Member of the NFF Executive Committee, has seen it all at the highest levels of the game and says everything points to the Elephants receiving a sucker punch.

Also speaking, Chairman of the NFF's Technical Committee, Chris Green has enjoined Nigerians to have faith in the Super Eagles as the two-time African champions are set to face tournament favourites in the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Green joined NFF President Aminu Maigari and a number of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives on a visit to the Nigeria team camp in Rustenburg on Wednesday afternoon.

"The NFF technical committee and the Super Eagles' technical crew are working in harmony at this tournament, and as we speak, I can assure you that we have a formula to deal with the match against the Ivorians.

"We urge Nigerians to continue to support the team. At the level of the NFF, we have provided all that the team needs and we are still doing more to motivate them."

It would be recalled that Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, boosted the pockets of players and officials with the sum of $100,000 when he visited their Ingwenyama Conference and Sport Resort in Nelspruit on Friday last week.

Governor Amaechi also said that Nigerian billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, will reward the players for a quarter final ticket.

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