Abuja – President of the Economic Community of West African
States, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has congratulated teams from the region –
Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast - after they qualified for the 2014 FIFA World
Cup and tipped them to do well at the tournament.
Ouedraogo showered praise on “Team ECOWAS,” alluding to
Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria after the trio again booked their spits in the
world’s biggest sporting spectacle that is scheduled for Brazil next year.
In a goodwill message to the three countries, he said it is
gratifying to note that national teams from the region consolidated their
sterling exploits at the Africa Nations Cup tournament earlier this year in
South Africa, where they dominated the 16-nation competition.
Nigeria emerged the champions beating Burkina Faso, who last
weekend narrowly missed out of World Cup qualification.
The President assured them that the entire community and its
more than 350 million people were solidly behind them as they fly the region’s
and Africa’s flags in Brazil 2014.
“Through hard work, discipline and dedication, they can
bring the coveted trophy to the African soil for the first time in the World
Cup history,” said Ouedraogo.
Ouedraogo also wished Cameroon and Algeria, Africa’s two
other World Cup qualifiers, well and appealed to all the continent’s
representatives to surpass Africa’s quarter-final record in the global football
Only Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal have reached that stage of
– CAJ News