Abuja - A hotelier, Chiedu Anakwe, has urged the Super Eagles to put up a superlative performance during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and in their World Cup qualifying matches.
Anakwe, General Manager, Bolton White Hotels and Apartments, where the team is camped in Abuja, made the call during an appreciation and awards night for the team and their coaches on Saturday.
Anakwe said that the players performed well in their qualifying matches for the Cup of Nations and urged them to do better during the competition and remaining World Cup qualifiers.
"Any time the Super Eagles were accommodated in Bolton White Hotel and Apartments, they always played with high spirit and excel in their matches.
"This trend is being extended to other clubs who lodge with Bolton White Apartments.
"An example is the recent victory of Nembe City FC of Bayelsa that won the Nigeria National League Champions Cup,” the manager recalled.
He promised that the hotel’s management would make the team comfortable to continue to win their matches during the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup qualification matches.
"We all join you in the euphoria and celebrations to say we are proud of you all.
"This award is in recognition of those that have shown skills, creativity and success in rebuilding a new national team for Nigeria.
"We also want to encourage the exceptional effort made by the team to stimulate a fairly competitive spirit so as to galvanise your members to reach higher levels of brilliance globally.
"To motivate and further develop team work and greater cooperation among the players," the manager said.
He noted that the Super Eagles had proven that a combination of knowledge, hard work, skills and right attitude would lead to good result of winning the African Cup of Nations.
Anakwe said that the management of the hotel was happy that the Super Eagles had qualified and highly proud of the coaching crew who exceeded expectations with determination by the 6-1 victory over Liberia.
"I want to thank each of you for your sacrifices, perseverance and discipline that got us on the way to Africa Cup of Nations and the remaining World Cup qualifying matches," he said.
Anakwe, assisted by Ambassador Przemyslaw Niesiolowski of Poland, presented plaques to the head coach of the team Stephen Keshi, his four assistants and some players.
Responding on behalf of the team, Assistant Coach, Sylvanus Okpala, expressed surprise over the awards and thanked the hotel’s management for the gesture.