9 February 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan to Induct Super Eagles Into 'Hall of Fame'

The Federal Government has said it was ready to make the present set of Super Eagles players become the first beneficiaries of the National Sports Hall of Fame, that was recently given approval by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, said this on Thursday night while addressing players and officials of the Super Eagles at the Garden Court Hotel abode in Milpark, South Africa.

According to the team's Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, Abdullahi said that the government had also mapped out a heroic 'welcome' for the team by Monday next week.

The Minister noted that the government was proud of the achievement of the team so far but added that the team must complete the job by winning the trophy.

'"Victory is not everything but victory is the only thing"', Alaiya quoted him as saying.

He admonished the team to go all out for victory in the final against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the Soccer City in Soweto on Sunday.

Another Jonathan call

NFF President, Aminu Maigari assured that the team will surely defeat its opponents for the trophy on Sunday.

Maigari revealed that he had received words from President Jonathan of another tele-conference with the team before the final, as the last one so motivated the players that the President feels they need his tonic to excel in Sunday's grand finale.

Alaiya also noted that Head Coach Stephen Keshi, spoke in a similar vein, saying '"the team has come too far in the competition to let its guards down."

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