The Federal Government of Nigeria has charged the Super Eagles to strike gold in the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON which kicks off in Cameroon on Sunday January 9 and conclude on Sunday February 6, 2022.
This was the declaration of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare Tuesday night at the sent forth the for Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon with a dinner at the Transcorp Hilton.
•Members of the Super Eagles…at the send forth dinner at Transcorp Hilton hotel
Dare in an address read by Clem Agba, Minister of state for Finance, Budget and National Planning said: “Three times we have been Champions of Africa by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), that was in 1980, 1994 and 2013, and many other times we have ended as losing finalists and bronze medalists but this time around we want you to strike gold in Cameroon on the 6th of February, 2022 when the tournament’s final match will be played.
“We have followed your preparations for this tournament and have seen the challenges that you have faced with the late release from your clubs, the Covid 19 protocols, injuries and other factors, we urge you not to be deterred by these and rather see these obstacles as stepping stones to your success and glory. We are also appealing to you to demonstrate that Nigerian spirit of determination, focus, resilience, discipline and conquest on and off the pitch.”
The well attended event at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja had among others the Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar, the Director of Federations and Elite Athletes Development (FEAD), Dr Simon Ebhojiaye, Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)2nd Vice President, Alhaji Shehu Dikko, NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi and board members, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau and Yahaya Kwande were in attendance.
Also at the event were the Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Femi Adeagbo, NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire and NFF Director of Finance,
Dare said the Super Eagles are being sent forth as Nigerian ambassadors and worthy representatives to Cameroon as the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament begins in a few days.
According to him, “Mr President believes this Super Eagles squad has the skills and talents to excel at the AFCON in Cameroon and over 200 million Nigerians are fully behind you”.
Dare also urged the players to have self belief and trust in the coaching crew led by Augustine Eguavoen.
“You have to believe in yourselves, be confident in your own abilities and show trust in your coaches and officials.
“As you carry the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians, be assured of the support of the Federal Government.
“Be patriotic, defend the green, white and green of Nigeria, fight for her pride and honour like the true soldiers and warriors that you are and this nation will
celebrate you further upon your return,” the Minister added.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar thanked the Super Eagles for their patriotism and said the dinner was the Ministry’s ‘little’ effort at encouraging them to giving their best and excelling at the biennial continental football showpiece.
Nigeria’s campaign in Cameroon begins on the 11th of January, 2022 against Egypt in Garoua.