Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Super Eagles set to complete President Jonathan’s wish to attend AFCON finals this weekend

President visited the Super Eagles in camp last year.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to be at the final of the on going Nations Cup  this weekend so long as the Super Eagles win over Mali. The President charged the Super Eagles to beat Mali and qualify for the final of this year’s AFCON 

President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari said on Tuesday that the Super Eagles are ready to fulfill President Goodluck Jonathan’s desire to travel to South Africa for Sunday’s 29th Africa Cup of Nations grand finale.
 “I have just spoken to the Head Coach (Stephen Keshi) and the Captain (Joseph Yobo), and they have assured me that they will fulfil Mr. President’s desire. It is rare to have this kind of support from a Head of State.
“On our part, the NFF has motivated the team enough to do Mr. President and the nation proud by not only winning on Wednesday, but lifting the trophy on Sunday.”
The Super Eagles are only one leg away from fulfilling the President’s desire.
Nigerian residents and other nationals welcomed the team who arrived in Durban, venue of the Wednesday’s clash against Mali earlier today.
The countdown begins for only the fourth Cup of Nations finals match between Nigeria and Mali, out of the 3 previous encounters, Nigerian won two while the other ended up in a draw.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi also hopes to break new ground as  the second man to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach. 
Keshi lead Nigeria to the title in 1994 and steered them to the semi-finals in South Africa with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast.
Pharaohs coach Mahmoud El Gohary is the only previous coach to achieve the feat; Gohary won the title in 1959 as a player and in 1998 as coach for Egypt’s national team.