Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent words
of felicitation to President Goodluck Jonathan on his 56th birthday.
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu
Maigari said the Nigeria leader’s support and encouragement for football in the
country is the reason for the several successes recorded in the outgoing year.
Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA U-17
World Cup, while the Super Eagles easily grabbed a 2014 FIFA World Cup ticket
and the Eagles Team B reached the African Nations Championship for the first
time, among other accomplishments. But Maigari contended that these strides
would not have been possible without the active support of President Jonathan.
“The Nigeria Football Federation and the entire Nigeria
football family wishes Mr. President long life, prosperity and many more years of
active support and love for Nigeria football. We are enamoured by his keen
interest in the development of the Nigeria game, Maigari said in a statement.
“Mr. President’s special interest in the development of
Nigeria football is matched by his commitment to providing the resources for our
National Teams to excel internationally and his encouragement of our players
through cash and other rewards after impressive outings”.
President Jonathan has personally visited training sessions
of the Super Eagles at least on two occasions in the past 15 months, inspiring
the boys to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (which they won in South
Africa) and also the 2014 FIFA World Cup, appearing at team’s only training
session in Addis Ababa on the eve of a vital 2-1 away win in the final
Maigari added: “Our leader is truly transforming Nigeria
football, nay Nigeria sports, and we pray for several more years ahead for him
to take our sports to higher heights.”