Nigeria’s national football team now have an extra motivation to go all out to win Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Swaziland.
The Super Eagles, through Coach Sunday Oliseh, vowed they will go all out to win in honour of the late father of defender Shehu Abdulahi, who died on Wednesday.
Shehu’s father, Abdullahi Dinawa, passed on Wednesday after battling illness. He has since been buried.
Confirming the sad incident, the Super Eagles in a statement on its twitter handle tweeted:
“The team (players, coaches, backroom officials) have sent a message of support & condolence to defender Shehu Abdullahi over his father’s death.
It is in this light that Coach Sunday Oliseh promised that the Eagles will honour the memory of Abdullahi’s father with victory over Swaziland in Lobamba on Friday.
“We as a team feel Shehu’s pain. We pray God rests his (Shehu’s father) soul and comfort Shehu & others he left behind.”
“The team now has extra motivation to win this evening, here in Swaziland as a mark of honour for Abdullahi Dinawa,” the coach stated.
Before moving to Portugal, Shehu was formerly with Kano Pillars and he helped the home-based Eagles to a third-place finish after beating Zimbabwe by a lone goal at the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa.
Currently, Shehu has been an integral part of Oliseh’s team since the former Borussia Dortmund man took over the reins of the national team.
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