Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday congratulated the Super
Eagles on their 2-0 victory over Ethiopia in Calabar, which earned
Nigeria a slot at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
The president’s congratulatory message is conveyed via a statement
issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.
The statement said that Jonathan joined other Nigerians in applauding
the Super Eagles' determined performance against the Ethiopians.
It said that the president also commended the team’s performance in all the preceding qualifying matches.
It said that Jonathan also lauded the consistent commitment and
dedication of the Super Eagles to building on their victory at the
African Nations Cup by qualifying for the World Cup Finals and bringing
further glory to their fatherland.
The statement said that the president urged the players and their
handlers to rededicate themselves to excelling on the global stage,
while reaching for greater heights at the World Cup Finals.
It said that Jonathan noted that with more hard work, dedication,
resilience and further honing of their skills and tactics, the team
could fulfil the nation’s dream of being the first African country to
win the World Cup.
The statement said that the president assured the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) and the Super Eagles of the full support of the Federal
Government and all Nigerians in their quest to win the World Cup in