This Day (Lagos)

16 February 2013

Nigeria: Veterans Laud Eagles, Say World Cup Should Be Next Goal

"The Nations Cup has been won, and if we go by the assertion of the Chief Coach Stephen Keshi that this was achieved at eighty percent potentials of the boys, then we should go ahead and plot the World Cup graph."

This is the view of The Association of Sports Veterans , Nigeria. While reacting to the victory of the Super Eagles over the week, President of the body, Chief Jonathan Ogufere said it came at the right time, at a time that we all needed balm to soothe a lot of political, religious and economic nerves.

"However permit me to be an Oliver Twist by suggesting that we should look ahead to the World Cup which is less than a year away."

The former President of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) and board member of the Nigeria Football Association extended felicitations to the Nigeria Football Federation, Coach Stephen Keshi and the "gallant Super Eagles" for giving to Nigeria a rare gift of unity across the country.

He drew a lot of lessons from the Nations Cup, including the triumph of a local coach.

"Yes Keshi's message has sunk. What about the Cape Verde Coach, who reports say is an air traffic controller in his country and just a part time coach?

"When I saw what Cape Verde did, I drew conclusions that the result we got against them in a friendly in Portugal was no fluke, one that helped to put us in shape for the Nations Cup.

"We should not allow this victory to be lost on us, rather we should capitalize and build on it for a greater future, including the strengthening of the infrastructure of our domestic league because this competition has gone on to prove that we have world beaters here."

The founder of Vasco Dagama Football Club of Enugu also had praise for President Goodluck Jonathan for the interest shown in the team, which has yielded so much dividends.

He warned against the uncontrollable cash donations and prayed for substantial investments that will stand the test of time and be of value to the players and their families. Long after they must have hung their boots.

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