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
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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