Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Afcon Success Is Not a Destination - Abdullahi

The Super Eagles's triumph at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa is not the highest Nigeria can attain, the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi has said.

The Minister said this while speaking at the special reception in honour of the Super Eagles hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House Tuesday night.

"Winning the trophy is only a milestone and not a destination", Abdullahi said.

While noting that the Eagles' triumph at the tournament was "a breath of fresh air", the Minister maintained that the country won't take the success in South Africa for granted as Nigerians couldn't afford to wait another nineteen years to lift the AFCON trophy again.

He said the sports ministry won't stop until Nigeria becomes one of the best in sports not only in Africa but the world at large.

Mallam Abdullahi assured that the country will stand out at the African U-17 championship next month in Morocco as well as the U-20 African championship in Algeria.

While noting that the President's efforts to resurrect sports in the country were already paying off, he promised that the commission would continue to work with his vision.

The Minster called on all within the sporting family to eschew rancour and acrimony, stressing that the victory of the Eagles in South Africa was a proof of what could be achieved in a peaceful atmosphere.

He commended the technical crew of the team, led by Keshi for a job well done.

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