Super Eagles upbeat

The Super Eagles, remained in very high spirit on Tuesday, 24 hours to the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda in Kigali.

A delegation of players, technical and administrative officials, some members of the NFF Executive Committee, Secretariat staff, stakeholders, media representatives and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club flew into Kigali in the early hours of Tuesday for the big match.

Before departure, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi met with the team at its Bolton White Apartments hotel in Abuja and urged them to go and do Nigeria proud in order for the country to banish unsavoury memories of failure to qualify for the recently-concluded 2012 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

“You all have a choice between giving us reasons to continue to dwell on the unhappy recent past or to look to the future with fresh hope and belief. I believe in what Coach Stephen Keshi has been doing and from the way our people have received his idea of giving home-based players equal opportunities to fight for shirts in the team alongside the foreign-based pros, it is certain that he is onto a good thing.

“On our part as the National Sports Commission, we will continue to give the Aminu Maigari-led NFF all the support that is necessary for it to re-energize and re-strategise for the future of our football,” said Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi.

NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari assured the Honourable Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission of the readiness of the players to positively do the business in Kigali.
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