President Goodluck Jonathan has reeled out a long list of promises to the Super Eagles if they go beyond the rounds and make an impact in the knock-out stages at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.
The Senate President David Mark, who led a powerful Federal government delegation to wish the Eagles well in Brazil, conveyed President Jonathan’s message of good hope. He said it was time an African country wins the World Cup, adding that the African champions are motivated enough to do the magic. “When we won the Olympics gold medal at Atlanta 96, we defeated countries like Argentina and Brazil, so I believe we can have a repeat performance at this year’s World Cup, with the talents available to us in this team,” he said.
Senator Mark assured that the government was ready to do all it can within available resources to make the team comfortable in the tournament, adding that he will personally remain to attend all the team’s games in the opening rounds.
Responding, head coach of the team, Stephen Keshi said he was happy to see top government functionaries visiting the team before they kicked their first ball of the tournament as that has been a motivating factor for him in his playing days, which saw him captaining the squad for 14 years.