Time for Eagles to reclaim lost glory – Oladipo

| January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments


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The President-General of the Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters’ Club, Dr Rafiu Oladipo, on Monday in Johannesburg charged the Super Eagles to reclaim its lost glory at the ongoing AFCON.

Oladipo made the remark at the O.R. Tambo International Airport, during a reception organised for his entourage, by the South Africa arm of the body, led by its chairman, Mr Osita Okeke.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) travelling with the Club reports that the members took the airport by storm, with their well choreographed dancing, singing and drumming.

According to Oladipo, Nigeria’s victory in the competition would not only reclaim its glory, but would also shore up its position in FIFA’s monthly ranking.

The president wondered why the country had not been able to re-enact its previous feats of 1980 and 1994, when the Super Eagles reigned supreme in the continent.

The then Green Eagles first won the trophy in Lagos in 1980, under the leadership of Christian Chukwu by defeating the Desert Foxes of Algeria 3-0.

The team also won the trophy in 1994 in Tunisia, after it overcame a hard-fighting Chipolopolo of Zambia 2-1, after a bruising encounter.

The 1994 squad was captained by current Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi.

“It has been 19 years now since Nigeria last won the AFCON championship. Which means that we the members of the Supporters Club will have to make our presence felt in the stadium; if we want our team to lift the trophy again.

“Your efforts will be boosted by our members from Nigeria, because your support is very important in this competition,” the president-general said.

Oladipo added that the business of supporting the Super Eagles in a competition of the magnitude of the AFCON could be likened to a war, because other countries are also doing likewise.
He urged Nigerians at home to also lend their support to the team, as it strives to win the coveted AFCON trophy again.

In his remarks, Okeke said that his members in South Africa had perfected plans to ensure a victorious outing for the Super Eagles at the continent’s flagship football tournament.
He added that the arrival of the Nigeria arm of the supporters club would augment their efforts in the onerous task.

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