Lagos - Cross River state governor Liyel Imoke has applauded
the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for a successful performance by the
national teams in 2013.
Speaking during a reception for the victorious Golden
Eaglets at the Council Chamber at his office, Imoke said he was proud of the
achievements of the NFF with a promise of steady support towards football
"Personally, I'm very, very proud of the NFF under
Alhaji Aminu Maigari and I was wondering why the Honourable Sports Minister
forgot to mention that Alhaji Maigari is also one of the calmest administrator
we have," he said in a press release.
Under Maigari's watch, Nigerian football has recorded huge
successes including Super Eagles victory at the 2013 African Cup of Nations for
the first time in 19 years and the Golden Eaglets' conquest at the 2013 FIFA
Under-17 World Cup-the first time since 2007.
"Everything that has been achieved by the NFF is not by
accident rather it borne out of good leadership and we are encouraged to
continue to support the NFF," said the Governor who promised to interface
with the federation on how Cross River State can provide sustainable
development for Nigerian football.
"Apart from the Golden Eaglets, the NFF deserves a pat
on the back and we would meet to fashion out how best we can support them
Meanwhile, Alhaji Maigari said he was humbled with the
praises from Governor Imoke which can only serve as a fillip for the NFF to
continue to do more.
“We can't thank enough Governor Imoke for all the good
things he has done for the NFF and Nigerian football in general," he said.