The national team has told the country's leader that they will do the colour of the nation proud when they face the Lone Stars in Monrovia in Saturday's crucial qualifier
Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo have assured President Goodluck Jonathan of delivering victory against Liberia in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier holding in Monrovia on Saturday.
The Nigeria President paid a surprise visit to the team during their evening session on Wednesday and promptly charged them to beat the Lone Stars in order to qualify the country for the 2013 Afcon slated for South Africa.
“Let me thank you for what you have been doing. Let me re-assure the youths of this country, the young men and women that we love them and we will encourage them as a government and especially for those of you in sport. We really want to transform the sport sector,” President Jonathan said.
“Football is still the king of sports. I remember when we won gold medal in football at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics was called the mother and great grandmother of sports then. Let me assure you that we will do our best to make sure that you win. We like to come and watch you (the Eagles) in the finals in (South Africa). But for me to go and watch the finals you must qualify to play there. So I believe with what I have seen here today you are capable of doing that”, the President declared.
Eagles’ handler, Keshi in his speech thanked President Jonathan for the morale boosting visit.
“While thanking [Mr. President] immensely for this visit, Your Excellency if I may recall I think in the last 20 years or so this is probably the first visit of a President of the nation to the team. This visit is a big morale booster for us and this is more than money for us for just seeing you here. By God’s grace we will make you proud,” Keshi said in his response.
Team captain Yobo also showed appreciation on behalf of the team for the nation’s number one citizen’s visit to the team.
“Your personal visit to our training is a big surprise but a morale booster that’s worth more than millions to us,” said Yobo.
“We have worked so hard with the chief coach and technical crew in preparation for this game and we have three days before the game. We know the importance of this game. We are going to do our very best to make the Nation proud.“We will go out there to fight very hard while putting on the green and white colours of Nigeria. We are going to make you and the nation and our families proud,” Yobo responded