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Jonathan to cheer Eagles in Brazil

19 February 2014, 16:08Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan will be in Brazil this summer to support the Super Eagles in their quest to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy, as 'Nigeria's Official Number One Supporter.'

Speaking at a ceremony inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, where he was decorated as Grand Patron of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, President Jonathan hailed the efforts of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigeria Football Supporters Club in the numerous successes that the national teams have achieved in the recent past.

Dedicating the honour to all members of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians of goodwill at home and in diaspora, the President also pledged that his administration will continue to give maximum support and assistance to all Nigerian sports representatives.

Since Jonathan came into office, NFF has brought immense honour to Nigeria through the national teams, with a total of 10 trophies in the cabinet.

These trophies include the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, 2011 African Youth Championship, 2010 African Women Championship, trophies from prestigeous international friendlies against Argentina, Catalonia and South Africa, and three editions of COPA Lagos International Beach Soccer competition.

The Super Eagles have also qualified for this year's FIFA World Cup finals, with the Falconets and Flamingoes through to take part in this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup respectively.

"The Year 2014 is a very important one for our nation, as we have the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games ahead of us. The Federal Government will not relent in giving support to all our athletes in all sports to excel”, Jonathan said.

“I am indeed honoured to be officially recognised as Nigeria's number one supporter. I have always been a keen supporter of all our national teams."

Speaking at the ceremony, President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo hailed the president's keen interest and personal motivation of all the national teams, which has resulted in tremendous successes over the years.

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