Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, declared on Thursday that Wednesday’s surprise visit by President Goodluck Jonathan, to the training session of the national team at the Abuja National Stadium, was the tonic the team needs to excel in the game against Liberia on Saturday.
Speaking on the historic occasion, Yobo said rather than the visit putting pressure on the team, it has helped to motivate all the players, some of whom have never had the opportunity of meeting the President, or any president for that matter, in their entire football career.
“We are privileged to have had the rare opportunity of meeting the president and I must specially thank him for the visit and also assure him of the seriousness of the entire squad to excel in not only the qualifiers for the Nations Cup but those of the World Cup and any tournament that we will enter for."
Yobo also seized the opportunity to thank Vice President, Namadu Sambo, the Governor of his home state, Rivers and Chairman of the Governor’s Forum, Hon. Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi and all those who were there when the President visited the national team at training assuring that they will have cause to celebrate the team in the coming days.
“I must say I’m very excited at the visit of top officials and the knowledge the President and his team displayed of the Super Eagles.
In fact, Mr President knew almost all the players by name and that means he has been following the team closely. We can only reward by qualifying in style for the SA 2013 Nations Cup and doing vvery well at the tournament proper”.