Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has promised Nigerians victory when they play against Liberia in Saturday’s important 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game in Calabar.
The team arrived to the Canaan City and was welcomed with pomp on Monday morning.
Keshi who was overwhelmed by the huge reception accorded the team on arrival at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, thanked the leadership of the state and urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the team.
“Because by God’s grace come Saturday we will give the nation a sweet victory and qualify for the Nations Cup in South Africa,” said the coach.
Keshi also spoke on the arrival of his army of Europe-based professionals, revealing for the umpteenth time that he has the promise of all of them to be in Calabar by Tuesday at the latest.
He assured that there was enough time to prepare the team for the game against the Lone Star of Liberia, arguing that the fact that most of the players invited have been playing regularly for their club sides is enough to make up for lost time.
The team was welcomed at the airport by the Commissioner of Sports, Hon. Patrick Ugbe, and a retinue of other top government functionaries, with the state chapter of the Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supporter Club drumming away to the delight of the seven home based players and officials.
The Arik Air Plane that took the team to Calabar left Abuja at 10:50am and arrived the airport at 11:50.
The team has since moved into its abode at the Metropolitan Hotel while expecting the foreign based legion to start streaming in later on Monday.