Super Eagles and the supporters club stopped using juju since 1990.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Supporters club, Rafiu Ladipo, has said a total of 800 members of the association will be in Brazil to cheer the Super Eagles to glory.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Ladipo spoke about the challenges of funding the club and a N50 million gift by President Goodluck Jonathan which he described as insufficient for the World Cup.
He also spoke about the use of unorthodox means of ensuring victory for the Super Eagles (juju) saying it is no longer useful.
Below is the excerpt of the interview:
PT: How is the Supporters Club preparing for the World Cup?
Rafiu Ladipo: We are still preparing, and we are getting ready. You know that the supporters club is an ever ready club. We have our members all over the world and they are all coming. Our plan is to
support the Super Eagles through the competition to the end because we believe the Super Eagles will remain till the end.
PT: How far do you think we can go in Brazil looking at Keshi’s squad?
Rafiu Ladipo: First and foremost, anyone coming to the World Cup has the potential of winning the cup. We are also a potential winner of the cup. We are going to shock the world, we will surprise many people especially those who looked down on us. I see the boys playing at the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup
PT: You mentioned somewhere that juju (voodoo) does exist in football. Are you going to apply it in Brazil?
Rafiu Ladipo: Yes there is Juju no doubt but we stopped using juju in 1990. We realised it doesn’t play football, it deceives a lot and fails you when it matters. So Super Eagles and the supporters club stopped using juju since 1990. We have been praying and fasting and supporting the team so we don’t believe in juju anymore?
PT: So you think with fasting and prayers, Nigeria will win the world cup?
Rafiu Ladipo: Yes, Nigeria can win the World Cup and this time around, Nigeria is going to surprise the world.
PT: How many supporters are you taking for the tournament?
Rafiu Ladipo: We are taking 300 from Nigeria and 500 will join us from other counties making 800 supporters for the World Cup. We have over 10000 Brazil based Nigerians ready to work with us in supporting the Super Eagles.
PT: Who is going to sponsor the 300 people from Nigeria?
Rafiu Ladipo: Supporters club has been funding itself, Globacom is a sponsor too. They pay a yearly sponsorship fee to us. There are other programs within the year we have so many other tournaments this year and we have to be there.
PT: Do you get government sponsorships?
Rafiu Ladipo: We are looking for funds and we have also been to Mr. President. He has given us N50 million. Although it is a big money, it is still a far cry from what we need to cover the tournament.
PT: Are you saying the president’s N50 million is not enough?
Rafiu Ladipo: Of course it is not enough, but we appreciate the huge gift from the President. Brazil is expensive and you need a minimum of N1.5 million per person. Don’t forget that you need to pay for flight, accommodation and transportation to match venues as all our matches are not in one venue. So we need a lot of money.
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