Former minister of sports, Mr. Damishi Sango has called on Nigerians to quickly emulate the new spirit that has transformed the Super Eagles into a winning team.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the former minister of sports under President Olusegun Obasanjo said the Eagles have found a new spirit and that is what has taken the team to the finals of the 2013 AFCON.
He said the new spirit of the Eagles is showing clearly that if Nigerians believe in themselves and are ready to make sacrifice, nothing will be too much for them to achieve.
Sango explained that before now, the Eagles fumbled and wobbled because they were not patriotic enough to make the necessary sacrifice that would bring about the desired results.
He said "Eagles have found a new spirit and this is what I want Nigerians to emulate. The new spirit of the Eagles is what we need for the much desired national renaissance.
" We can have a national rebirth if we all key into the new spirit of the Super Eagles", he reiterated.
He charged the Eagles to build on the new found spirit to return to the glory days when the team was the most dreaded on the continent.
Sango added that the Eagles have come from underdogs to top dogs in the tournament and if they can sustain the tempo on Sunday, they will surely come home with the trophy.
" My advice to the team is that the new found spirit should not die after the tournament in South Africa. They should build on it to recover its lost glory in the continent and the world.
" Before now we were the most dreaded team on the continent but we nosedived but this is the time to recover all that was lost.
" What the Eagles need to beat Burkina Faso on Sunday is to keep the tempo. It is not only about how well they have been playing but how well they will end.
" I tip the Eagles to lift the 2013 trophy and my confidence is based on nothing other than the team's new found spirit", he stated.