Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria/Burkina Faso: Don't Underrate Burkina Faso, Mark Charges Eagles

Ahead of today's African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final, Senate President David Mark has charged the Supper Eagles not to underrate their Burkina Faso counterparts on the pitch.

He advised them to reignite what he called the indomitable spirit of Nigeria in today's match to win the trophy.

Departing the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at about 10.20 am yesterday, Mark who led the Federal Government delegation to South Africa, noted that all Nigerians were praying for Eagles' victory, charging the national team to leave nothing to chance.

Mark said: "Our boys should show absolute concentration throughout the duration of the match. They must not underrate their opponents till the last whistle. Our national pride is at stake. Sports, especially soccer, is a unifying factor in Nigeria. I can say with every amount of certainty that all Nigerians are yearning for the victory and they're telling the Eagles to go with the Nigerian spirit and win the trophy."

The Senate president expressed optimism that the Eagles would trounce Burkina Faso as their performances had greatly improved with every match.

On the delegation are Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda, Senators Adamu Gumba, Ayogu Eze and Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, Police Affairs Minister Caleb Olubolade, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Professor Viola Onwuliri, among others.

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