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2021 AFCON Sports Minister, Salutes ‘Professional’ Eagles Winning Start, Urges Team To Stay Focused

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has commended the Super Eagles for their winning start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

The Eagles beat seven time Champions Egypt in Garoua on Tuesday to underline their potentials as one of the teams to watch out for in the competition.

The victory has also pushed Nigeria to the top of Group D which also has Sudan and Guinea Bissau.

The Sports Minister urged the team not to rest on their oars but to maintain the urgency and momentum shown in the game against Egypt.

He praised the team for showing resilience and determination as well as demonstrating the typical conquering spirit and tenacity of the average Nigerian.

He also tasked the players and their coaches to remain focused and take this tournament one game at a time.

“You can see how different the team looked and played today. There is a new spirit and a new attitude in the players and it showed with their total dominance of proceedings on Tuesday.

“They brought the professionals that they are to the fore with a masterful display. They stepped up their game without any distractions. We saw the kind of football the Super Eagles are known for. I must thank the players, the coaching crew and the NFF for returning the Nigerian DNA to our football.

“Now we have to stay focused and take it one game at a time. We have just won a game, although a very important and morale boosting win but this is just the beginning. We must not get carried away. There are more battles ahead. I believe we will not be complacent. I think we can get better and better with every game. So, this game against Egypt is done and dusted, we must face our next game with the same level of zeal and determination,” Dare added.

Nigeria will play her second game of the tournament against Sudan on Saturday, January 16, 2022 in Garoua.

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SWAN Partner Authentic Supporters Club For Qatar World Cup Playoffs

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By Joel Ajayi

In a bid to ensure Nigeria comes on top in the 2022 world cup playoffs Ghana, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria is partnering with Authentic Nigeria Football and Allied Supporters Club to mobilize at least 5,000 Nigerians to cheer eagles against black stars of Ghana.

 

The two bodies are working together to ensure that at least 5000 supporters are airlifted to Ghana for the first leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoffs to support the Eagles.

Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday in Abuja the president of Authentic supporter’s club Abayomi Ogunjimi said the club will leave no stone unturned to ensure super eagles came out victoriously in the forthcoming World cup playoff against Ghana. 

He urged Nigerians to put behind them the pains of Afcon behind and moved forward to ensure Super Eagles qualify. 

According to him, the aim of the conference is for us to mobilize 5,000 Nigerians here in Nigeria and in Ghana for us to be in Qatar. 

“Football is one language, let us use the tool of football to unite Nigeria the more. Let face playoff squarely, that is why we are partnering with SWAN.”

He sought the support of every Nigerian to ensure eagles’ qualifiers. 

Just a few weeks ago, the Authentic supporters club mobilise over 500 Nigerians that cheer eagles in Cameroon. 

On his own, the FCT SWAN Chairman Comrade Bunmi Haruna commended the authentic supporter’s clubs for the good job it’s doing for the national team. 

He said: “This is a very significant event looking at what is steering at us in the eye. For the first very time, we saw how Nigerian were happy until the last game they were booted out. 

” We need to get behind us what happened at AFCON and face the battle ahead which Qatar. 

” We must not leave the bulk of work in the hand of NFF. 

“As a coach, I know the role the 12 men play which is supporter club play that why we need to come together and support Eagles, for them to qualify for the world cup. 

“The target is to take 5,000 Nigeria to Ghana to cheer eagles. We want to turn Ghana to Nigeria but we cannot do it without the support of all Nigerians, because NFF and sports Ministry can’t do it alone.”

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