Ihejirika Hails Nigeria’s AFCON Success

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika Thursday praised the Nigeria Football Federation for its hard work, diligence and perseverance that ensured Nigeria’s success at the 29th Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.

Speaking during a Thank You visit to his office by the leadership of the NFF, General Ihejirika said he is aware of the daily challenges that the NFF is faced with, as every Nigerian is an expert, an analyst and a seasoned commentator on football all at once.

“By this victory at the Africa Cup of Nations, you have surely uplifted the name of Nigeria internationally. Let me tell you that football contributes in no small way to national security, and this is enhanced when our football teams win on international front.

“I praise you for the way you deal, on a daily basis, with the criticisms and challenges that we see in the media. Most Nigerians didn’t believe in the Super Eagles when they left this country to participate at the tournament. By the time we were playing Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter finals, many people felt we were going to lose out.”

The Chief of Army Staff also commended the coaches and players for their patriotism, discipline and dedication, and stated that with the kind of winning spirit that now exists, “I have no doubt that future engagements will be equally as rewarding. But there is a lot of hard work ahead of you. It is always easier to get to the top than to remain there.”

Earlier, NFF President Aminu Maigari lauded the Chief of Army Staff for his usual support for the NFF and the National Teams, and especially for sending four top-ranking Officers to the Cup of Nations in South Africa.

“The NFF appreciates very much your support, advice and prayers for the National Teams and the Federation. We also thank you for always releasing Lt. Colonel Rabiu Yandoto, camp commandant of the Super Eagles, for national assignments. We are appealing for your continued support for the NFF and the National Teams, while we pledge to continue to work very hard to ensure that football brings Nigerians joy and unite us even better.”

The NFF presented a customized Super Eagles’ jersey to the Chief of Army Staff while the COAS presented plaques to NFF officials.

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