World Cup: Osinbajo challenges Eagles

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Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Sport Minister and key members of the NFF
VP Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Sport Minister, Dalung and key members of NFF Executive Committee, at the Eagles training

By Donald Ugwu and Emmanuel Afonne

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has challenged the Super Eagles to ensure the 2018 World Cup ticket does not slip away from the country.

Osinbajo’s threw the challenge on Tuesday when he visited the team at its last training session in Abuja in preparation for the World Cup qualifier against the Desert Warriors of Algeria on Nov. 12 in Uyo.

The VP urged the team to prove that they are the real king of African football.

“You are really history makers and very special team indeed. I have been following what has been happening so far with the team in this World Cup qualifiers and I can tell you confidently that you have proved to be history makers indeed.

“Beating Zambia in Ndola was really an incredible feat and by being able to break the jinx of beating Zambia at home it shows that we are certainly getting ready to secure the World Cup ticket.

“We are not only going to pick the ticket, we will stun the world.

“Beating Algeria will just be a stepping stone and I know that you guys are all set and prepare to win.

“I have no doubt that you have all it takes to win and win convincingly; we have all our hopes and aspirations squarely on your very able and reliable shoulders as we look forward to the victory and we are almost certain for that.

According to Osinbajo, the presidency will do everything possible to see that the team is adequately provided for so that the country will be projected on a very good light.

He said: “We are looking forward to an incredible victory in this match and many more others ahead.

“This match is important because obviously if we win, we are practically close to picking the ticket considering the result of other teams in our group.

“All eyes are on you for the qualification. I strongly believe that you have all it takes to win Algeria,” Osinbajo added.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, assured the presidency that the Eagles would not disappoint.

He however, pleaded for more funds to enable the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) succeed in the qualifying series.

“As it is the tradition, the team always train close to the environment of play and this evening our players have started a campaign with a lot of focus; they are committed and patriotic about this World Cup campaign.

“They are determined to pick a ticket for Nigeria for the World Cup just the way we demonstrated in our first outing against Zambia in Ndola.

“That was our first time of beating them at home and that is a good signal for us in this campaign; the team is organised in spite the challenges and we are committed to deliver the ticket to Nigeria.

“We will appeal to you that sports is an expensive project, that is why we are always in front of your office.

“This project t is about money; we need more because we have more matches to play. We need to maintain good welfare to enable them put in their best,’’ Dalung said.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, assured the Vice President that the Eagles were capable of defeating the Algerians in Uyo.

He expressed the hope that the Algerian team would fall like their Zambian counterparts but noted that adequate funding was key to the team’s success.


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