This Day (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: NASS Visit Boosts Eagles Ahead Elephants Duel

National Assembly led by the Sports Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon visited the Super Eagles to boost their morale ahead of the all-important quarter final duel against the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire in Rustenburg on Sunday.

The members were led by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Sen. Adamu Gimba, his deputy, Mudashiru Hussain and members as well as Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaya and members.

They were led to the Super Eagles camp by the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari. On Maigari's trail were Chairman, Technical Committee, NFF, Chris Green, Director, Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and Director, Competitions, Dr Musa Sanusi.

Senator Gimba, who spoke on behalf of the National Assembly team, said the team was delighted with the Super Eagles gritty display against Ethiopia, whom they defeated 2-0, and urged the team to move a step further by caging the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire in the quarter final match.

Team Skipper, Joseph Yobo, who spoke on behalf of the team, declared that the team was delighted that lawmakers despite their tight schedule at home still found time to come and support the team in South Africa, assuring that the Eagles will not let Nigeria down in Sunday's crucial duel.

"When we see top government officials like this, we get encouraged that we are not just here to represent our families but actually here for the greater glory of Nigeria. We thank you sirs for coming and by God's grace we shall not let you down."

The Super Eagles also took time off to thank River State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for redeeming his $100,000 promise to the team at a time many Nigerians had reservations about the team.

Team Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor said Governor Amaechi has shown his outstanding leadership qualities by staying with the national team through thick and thin.

"We acknowledge him and NFF President, Alhaji Maigari, whose leadership style in football has continued to attract support from the highest level of government in Nigeria," he said.

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