Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: NFA Urged to Make Eagles' Jersey Available to Boost Morale

The Nigeria Football Association(NFA) has been urged to boost the Super Eagles' morale by making available the team's 2014 FIFA World Cup jersey to clothiers.

Two clothiers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that Nigeria's jersey at the World Cup ought to be in every market across the country.

Uche Okoro, a clothier in Ikorodu Main Market, Lagos, said that jersey bearing the names of Nigerian players would further hype the country's participation.

"People in our villages will have the opportunity to show solidarity and lend their support for our players by wearing our jersey.

'I believe other nations' football governing bodies are focusing on reaching out to the grassroots to boost their teams' morale," he said.

A clothe seller at Sagamu in Ogun, Mr Ikem Wannedimbu, said that the NFA would realise much money from selling the jersey in every nook and cranny of the country.

"This is one opportunity that the NFA's marketing department should not allow to go unexplored.

"The NFA can bring this football event closer home to us and make it livelier by ensuring that our team's jersey floods markets.

"It is very necessary to shift focus on sales of jersey and other memorabilia from cosmopolitan centres alone," he said.

A commercial bus driver, Yomi Shefiu, told NAN that many people were looking forward to watching the World Cup because they were hopeful Nigeria would do better.

"People will buy our jersey because they want to show support for our players, and encourage them," Shefiu said.

NAN reports that the global tournament will begin on June 12 in Brazil.

Nigeria is in the Group F along with Argentina Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Nigeria first march will be with Iran on June 16.

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