Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has thanked SuperSport
for funding the cost of the return trip of the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup
qualifier at Zambia.
Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in Ndola to begin their quest to
feature in Russia on a positive note.
Aware of the challenges at hand, major partner Supersport
paid the charter cost of the 148 –seater ARIK Air plane that conveyed the
delegation to and from Ndola, in addition to paying ticket refunds for the
“The gesture from Supersport was heartwarming, but we have
always known the organization to be that responsive and of noble intentions. We
thank our other sponsors as well, because at all times we must praise them for
being there.” NFF president Amaju Pinnick said in a statement.
The NFF also appreciated the federal government and other
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Two first –half goals by England –based Alex Iwobi and
Kelechi Iheanacho steered the three –time African champions to a 2-1 win, three
precious points and early leadership of the so-called ‘Group of Death’ in the
World Cup qualifying race.
Pinnick said the NFF and the team have put behind the
victory in Zambia and already fully focused on next month’s Matchday 2 clash
with the Fennecs of Algeria, who like Nigeria played at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA
World Cup finals.
“We have three points and lead the group, but we do not have
the World Cup ticket yet. We must keep our heads. Picking three points in the
encounter with Algeria next month is paramount.”
“We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to other
corporate organizations to join and assist the NFF with more financial support
to help the Super Eagles land safely at Russia 2018, as Government alone cannot
afford the huge cost of prosecuting these games, with so many other sectors in
need of support.”
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- News24 Nigeria