Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for showing interest in the activities of the nation’s national men’s team, the Super Eagles.
A statement issued by NFF’s Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, on Wednesday in Abuja said NFF President Aminu Maigari expressed appreciation to the President for his keen interest in the Eagles and other national teams.
The President Jonathan visited the Eagles on Wednesday last week while training for the 2013 Nations Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium in Abuja.
The NFF president urged the Eagles to work assiduously towards qualifying in order that our president can be at the finals.
He expressed the association’s confidence that although the Eagles’ match against Liberia ended in a draw, the Eagles would qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals to be hosted by South Africa.
The Eagles were held to a 2-2 draw by the Lone Star on Sept. 8, in the first leg game at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Monrovia.
``Though a win would have been better than the 2-2 draw garnered from Saturday’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia, the return leg at the U.J. Esuene Stadium on Oct. 13, in Calabar would settle all issues comfortably in Nigeria’s favour.
``The good thing is that the players and technical officials realise that was one match they should have won. I spoke with the Head Coach and the Captain and they both feel (were) confident about the return leg.
``For the Nigeria Football Federation, our duty is to provide every support for the team to ensure it qualifies for the African Cup of Nations, and we will do that.’’
The match is the second leg game of their 2013 African Nations Cup Final Qualifying Round Fixture, with the aggregate winner going through to the finals in South Africa.