President Jonathan boosts Super Eagles with surprise visit in Addis Ababa

The Nigerian leader has urged his team to win Sunday’s qualifier against the Walia Antelopes and make it to the World Cup in Brazil

By Lolade Adewuyi in Addis Ababa

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan was a surprise guest of the Super Eagles at their training inside the National Stadium, Addis Ababa on Saturday, ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.

Taking time off from attending the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, President Jonathan told coach Stephen Keshi and the team to go all out for victory against the Walia Antelopes and make Nigerians proud.

“We’ve been going to the World Cup, this year we don’t just want to go, we want to make an impact so that the world will begin to know that we have arrived as a nation,” President Jonathan said.

“We will give you all the encouragement. Thank you for what you’re doing for us,” he said.

Nigeria Football Federation president Aminu Maigari thanked President Jonathan for showing dedication to the national team and assured him of the team’s determination to succeed.

“I want to assure you on behalf of the team and the Nigerian football family that we will be [in Brazil],” Maigari said.

He praised the efforts of the President for not only supporting the team but also making effort to see them physically, the first time being in Abuja in 2012.

“Goodluck Jonathan is the only president who created time within his tight schedule to be with our Super Eagles, twice. This is the biggest motivation we need,” he said.