Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that it would be a gladdening news and motivation to have President Goodluck Jonathan at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar when the Super Eagles tackle visiting Lone Star of Liberia in an important Nations Cup qualifier tomorrow.
The General Secretary of the federation, Barrister Musa Amadu, who dropped the hint while fielding questions from the media at the Glass House Abuja, said though he could not confirm the presence of the number one citizen of the country, it would be gladdening if he takes Nigerians unaware by storming the venue.
His words: “It would be very difficult for me to confirm whether Mr President will be at the UJ Esuene Stadium to cheer the Super Eagles or not. If he were able to come despite his very tight schedule, it would be a wonderful motivation to the players.
“We would be glad to have him in Calabar. It will not be out of place for him to do that because before the first leg against Liberia, we were all pleasantly surprise to receive Mr President at the Abuja National Stadium during the Super Eagles training,” Barrister Amadu said. He also disclosed that the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria has assured him of storming Calabar for the encounter, assuring that the atmosphere would be really charged to favour Nigeria.
“I have spoken to the Liberian ambassador to Nigeria and he has assured me he would be in Calabar live. Everything is in the perfect place and I can tell you that we are expecting a turbo-charged atmosphere. I’m praying fervently that things would work out in our favour on Saturday by the grace of God,” he remarked. Pleading for support to the Golden Eaglets, Barrister Amadu said: “I want to appeal to the supporters to give all necessary support to the Eaglets.
I watched the Under-20 boys play against South Africa last weekend, but I have been told about the very skilful set of players we have in the Under-17. “I’m happy all of them scaled the MRI and are within the age limit.
These are the future players that we will use for the Olympic Games in 2016. I believe we will have the same number of spectators during the Golden Eaglets tie after the Super Eagles on Saturday,” he appealed.