AFCON: Nigerians are behind you, Jonathan tells Eagles •As Eagles face Mali in …

| February 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

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PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday put a Skype call through to Super Eagles in  their base in Durban, South Africa, urging them to bring the coveted Africa Cup of Nations trophy back to Nigeria.

Speaking to members of the team individually and as a group, he assured them that the nation was behind them and proud of their achievement so far in the football tourney.

He promised them that government would make them “proud young men” if they bring back the cup.

He spoke to coach Stephen Keshi, asking about the spirit in the camp and telling him that victory in the tournament would be a fitting way to mark the nation’s centenary.

He said that “on behalf of this country I want to tell you that Nigerians are very happy with your performance. We are looking up to you.

“Just last night, we kicked off our centenary celebration. We believe that you will bring the cup to your fatherland this year. We are very hopeful we are all proud of you, we are all happy with what you have done and we want you to do more.”

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari,  who also spoke during the president’s call, assured that the team would bring back the cup so that the “smile of the president would be broader.”

The captain of the team, Joseph Yobo also gave his word that the team would do their best to bring back the cup, saying, “We appreciate you and by the grace of God we will bring back the cup to you.”

Meanwhile, Keshi says the Eagles stand a chance of getting their names written in gold if they win their next two games.

“Every professional wants to have his name written in gold and I would love that, but we must work hard at every step to achieve that.

“My players are playing for the country, not Stephen Keshi, but if they go one step [further] by fulfilling that record, then I will be very happy to be in such an exclusive club.”

“What is important is to put out a great team that will create history for Nigeria. The fans are happy again but we need to go two steps further.”

The game in Durban marks Nigeria’s fifth semi-final in seven Nations Cup appearances, with their last coming at the 2010 tournament in Angola.

They meet an Eagles side who are hungry for success, having never won a Nations Cup title.

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