Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 February 2013

Nigeria: Abubakar Predicts More Trophies for Nigeria Football

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Mohammed Dikko Abubakar yesterday expressed confidence in the ability of the present administration at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to deliver more trophies for the country at international level.

Speaking during a courtesy call in his office by the leadership of NFF, which presented the glittering trophy to the football-loving Police supremo, Abubakar said the skills and technical ability of the present NFF Executive Committee and Management, as well as the discipline and dedication of Nigerian players, would bring more smiles to Nigerian faces in the near future.

"I congratulate you very much on this triumph which has been achieved despite all kinds of unnecessary distractions and other challenges associated with the running of football in the country.

"I have no doubt that with even greater commitment and focus, your administration has the wherewithal to plan well for Nigeria to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals and perform well at the finals," said IGP Abubakar.

In his opening address, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari commended the Inspector-General for his solid support all the time, and noted that victory at the Cup of Nations in South Africa was achieved thanks to the prayers and support of all Nigerians.

"We praise you for always being there for the Nigeria Football Federation and the moral support you give all the time by being present at crucial games involving the National Team."

The Inspector-General, a former Board Member of then Nigeria Football Association, promised to continue to support the NFF and the Super Eagles, and indeed other National Teams, while in office and even after he must have left office.

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