Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has congratulated
the newly-appointed Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports
Commission, Tamuno Danagogo.
Danagogo, a lawyer, was sworn into office Wednesday morning
by President Goodluck Jonathan to replace Bolaji Abdullahi.
Speaking to the new Minister on telephone from Atlanta,
United States of America, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu
Maigari welcomed him to his new office and prayed for Nigeria's string of
successes on and off the football field, nay sports sector to continue, and
even blossom, during Danagogo's tenure.
"It is my special pleasure to, on behalf of the entire
Nigeria football family, congratulate you on your new appointment and wish you
tremendous success in your tenure. Our football has been experiencing a
renaissance in the past two years and we pray that it continues, and in fact
get better, during your tenure.
"We hope to make your coming in memorable by charging
the Super Eagles to go all out and win today's international friendly against
Mexico here in Atlanta. We have never beaten Mexico at full international
level, so it would be historic for us to win today," Maigari told
In his response, the new Sports Minister prayed for the
Super Eagles' success in the game and urged the NFF President to call him at
the end of the match, "so that I will have good news for Mr. President.
Please tell them to go all out and win today's match. I will meet with the team
later and let them know the huge importance of doing well at the FIFA World Cup
finals in Brazil."