Port Harcourt - The President of Nigeria Union, South
Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to use
the Dream Team to prosecute the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
Anyene told the News Agency of Nigeria on phone from Pretoria,
South Africa, on Tuesday that the players and others doing well at home and
abroad should be used for the qualifying matches.
“The Nigerian community in South Africa are proud of these
boys. They really showed the Nigerian fighting spirit as they overcame all
challenges to win the only medal for the country in the just concluded Olympic
“I suggest that the NFF should use them and others in mould
of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and other players doing well to play the World
Cup qualifying matches. I am optimistic they will make a formidable team,” he
The President of Arewa, South Africa, Nimram Longbap-Longs,
commended the team for doing the nation proud in the Rio Olympic Games.
“The players defied all odds to do the nation proud. They
deserve our commendation and they should be encouraged to do more,” he said.
Segun Oyabanji, Vice Chairman of the Union, Limpopo
Province, said that the Dream Team V1 persevered and sacrificed to win the
bronze medal for Nigeria.
“The players did not allow challenges affect their work
rate. This is really commendable and I think that the NFF should use them for
future national and international games,” he said.
Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the Union, KwazuluNatal
Province, said Nigerians in the area rejoiced when the team won the bronze in
“The players really showed the typical Nigerian fighting
spirit by working hard to overcome Honduras in the third place match.
“Nigerians in KwazuluNatal Province of South Africa were
happy with this victory. We rejoiced and celebrated the team,” he said.
Kennedy Osagie, immediate past Chairman of the Union in
Northern Cape Province, said the team had been consistent after winning the
African championship in Senegal.
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“I have followed this team since they won the championship
and qualified to play in Brazil. I commend Coach Sampson Siasia for raising the
team and instilling discipline in them.
“It is not easy for any team to go through their ordeal and
do well. They have done the nation proud and should be celebrated,” he said.
Chicaodili Nwannedo, new Chairman of the Union in Northern
Cape Province, called on the NFF to keep the team together for future
“There is need for continuity and the NFF should keep these
boys together. I believe they will blend with others and form a strong national
team,” he said.
Fidelis Igbokwe, Johannesburg based ICT expert, said the Dream
Team brought honour to Africa with the bronze medal win.
“I say this because Nigeria had won the gold, silver and now
bronze in the Olympic Games. No other African country has achieved this feat
except Nigeria and same Dream Team.
“The team deserve commendation for doing Africa proud in the
just concluded Olympic Games. “They should be honoured and I suggest that they
be kept together as a team for future engagements, especially the World Cup qualifying
matches,” he said.
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