Super Eagles defeated Cameroon by ‘prayers’ — Gov. Emmanuel

The Super Eagles squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17). Bafana Bafana won 2-0.
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The Super Eagles squad for the 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in Uyo on Saturday (10/6/17). Bafana Bafana won 2-0. 03147/10/6/2017/Chidi Ohalete/BJO/NAN

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has said that the Super Eagles’ victory on Friday against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was a “testament” to the power of prayers.

The Eagles whipped their arch rival, the Lions 4-0, in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

“The victory of Super Eagles today against The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon is a testament to the fact that whenever we go on our knees and seek the face of God like we did today during our fasting and prayer session, God will answer our prayer,” Mr. Emmanuel wrote on Facebook, few hours after the match.

“Congratulations to ‘Akwaibomites’, congratulations to Nigerians. Together we are rising to the faith of our greatness!” the governor added in his comment.

He also shared the comment on Twitter.

There were celebrations in the city of Uyo on Friday night over the victory.


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  • realist

    Prayer without action is like when one is daydreaming. No doubt we depends on Gods grace to succeed, but you must take a cogent steps to give God something to bless – Proper planning. More so football involved two sides, when one side is planning another side is praying, the side that is planning would win. God is not partial, would not support one against the other. Football is too far a subject for God to intervene, too worldly a thing. Somebody to please tell the governor.

  • realist

    Prayer without action is like when one is daydreaming. God blesses efforts, but must give him something to bless – proper planning. When one is praying and another one is practicing, who wins? More so God is not partial, the issue of football is too far a subject for him to intervene. Too worldly a subject.

  • Citizen

    It is simply an abuse of power for someone to ask God/Allah to do for him what He has placed in his power to do. How can a leader who was elected to profer solutions to social problems be this little in thought. Poverty of the mind is a major deceased among our leaders.

  • North/West Allies

    Which prayers? como jor…it’s hardwork

  • Ola

    What a shame, is this not the same man that sat through the whole game and he thinks it is prayers that did it for the Eagles.

    We still have a long way to go in this country.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Will prayers also deliver the world cup to this “prayer-soaked” team? The awesome powers of prayer should not be trivialized by frivolous posturing of zealous public officials.

  • Sir Louis

    This Governor is a child. So it is prayers and not hard work, commitment and good training that got us victory over one of Africa’s best footballing nations, Cameroun. Nigeria indeed has a long way to go.Sorry for Akwa Ibom State.

    • udemeobong

      Don´t mind him jare.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    This prayer thing is getting annoying. They worked hard and not prayer.

  • Wetin Naija

    Can our politicians be reasonable for a moment?

  • udemeobong

    Oga Gov. prayer warior Udom Emmanuel, please pray that we win the world cup without even going to Russia o.