Atlanta - After the goalless draw against Mexico, the
Nigerian Consular led by Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe organized a get together
for the players and officials at the team’s W. Buckhead hotel and it proved a
well-attended event, especially by Nigerian residents in Atlanta and other
Among the crowd were former Super Eagles coach, Samson
Siasia, former internationals Paul Okoku, Christian Nwokocha and several
Many of the guests said they were excited that the Super Eagles were
playing for the first time in Atlanta and that they will ensure that in the
near future the team returns to the city.
Gbenga Bakare, a former sports journalist with Punch
Newspapers in Nigeria, said he was delighted to see the team play so well and
can’t wait for a repeat.
“It’s good to see the national team here and many of us will
do anything to bring them back”, he said.
NTA’s Bureau Chief in the United States, Adeyemi Opatoba was
also excited and said she will be glad to see the team all the time in the
Nnaji Soludo, a resident said it was one of his best moments
since he was born. “I was born here and I have never seen Nigerian national
team play but my dreams have come true and I will be happy if they come to
Atlanta again”, he said.
Even the huge population of Mexican at the stadium applauded
the Nigerian team’s performance and said they will never be tired of always
playing against the African champions anywhere in the United States.
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