This Day (Lagos)

12 February 2013

Nigeria: Nwobodo Advocates National Honours for Victorious Eagles

Former Sports Minister, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo has congratulated the Super Eagles for winning the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which ended in South Africa on Sunday.

Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the finals watched by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, South Africa President, Jacob Zuma and Nigeria's Senate President, Dr. David Mark.

Nwobodo who served as sports minister when Nigeria won the Olympic football gold medal in Atlanta, 1996 praised the Super Eagles for making Nigeria proud and urged the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to reward the players with national honours and gifts.

Nwobodo who as Chairman of Enugu Rangers led them to win the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1977 stated, "I wish to congratulate our victorious Super Eagles for making Nigeria proud by winning the 2013 AFCON Cup. It is a victory that is coming at a critical period of national reawakening and there can be nothing sweeter than this victory".

He also commended the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, for his strategy in grooming a team of committed young Nigerians to conquer the rest of Africa.

"Keshi has shown that Nigeria is a complete country and with self-belief, it is possible for our country to achieve our dreams. Keshi and his team have given the nation the needed tonic to stand up and act as one in all aspect of our national life," Nwobodo noted.

The former Anambra State governor lauded Nigerians for supporting the team and particularly commended President Goodluck Jonathan for showing personal interest in seeing the team to a resounding victory.

He ended by calling for national honours and befitting reward for the team. In his words, "I call on Mr. President to reward them adequately and continue to give them the moral and material support they need to excel in future engagements".

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