Wishing they could be as classy as their West African neighbours, Ghana who not only defeated their opponent Lesotho in their opening fixture of the 2014 World Cup qualifier but spelt their name courtesy of a 7-0 trouncing, the NFF President Alh Aminu Maigirai has also told the Eagles to go all out and not only defeat Namibia but spell the name of the country.
Maigari gave the charge while addressing the players after their last training session at the UJ. Esuene stadium, before the duel on Sunday on the same pitch.
“We should not fret because a country like Namibia is coming to play us, we must be bold, determined and score goals that will make President Goodluck Jonathan to be proud of this new team,” he said. “Infact, I want you to go and spell Namibia, that is the charge from the NFF and the President of the Republic, he said. To which all the players chorused, amen.
Maigari praised the level of discipline and concentration in camp, noting that it shows that the team was determined not only to excel but chart a new course for Nigerian football.
He then commended the technical crew headed by Stephen Keshi for a job well done and the Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, for the support he has given to the NFF and the national team.
The NFF President, said the governor, who unlike other public figures has no attachment with any foreign club side, sees himself first and foremost as a supporter of the Super Eagles.
“That is why he has to cancel a trip to the United States to personally come to the stadium to lead citizens of the state to cheer you to victory,” he told the players.
Earlier, Head Coach Keshi had said the game in question is war on the pitch and he expects the collection of players he has in camp to help perfect on the pitch what he has been putting across to them in the last one week.
“Show Nigerians that the sleeping giant is finally awake and means business by qualifying for the 2013 Nations Cup and the Brazil 2014 World Cup”, he said.