Senate President Bukola Saraki (CON) on
Tuesday night described the present crop of
Super Eagles as the best –organized ever, as he
bade them farewell to the 21st FIFA World Cup
finals in Russia.
Saraki also splashed a gift of $50,000 (about N18m) on the team
ahead of their weekend game in London.
At a brief event inside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s
number three man and leading football enthusiast and financier
also described the Mikel John Obi led group as compelling role
models, doing their job quietly on the pitch and accepting the
rewards as and when such come without holding the nation to
ransom. He said;
“I have been following the performances and general behaviour of
this squad. I must confess that I am very impressed. We no longer
have schisms and different camps in the same camp, and you
sacrifice a lot for the country without demanding so much before
you go to battle.
“From the captain, Mikel Obi to the newest member of the squad, I
assure you of the love of the entire country and the well –wishes
of every Nigerian as you go to the FIFA World Cup and in fact, in
all your endeavours.”
He also praised Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr for the way he has
adroitly managed the team and instilled discipline and sense of
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin
Pinnick lauded Saraki for his proven love for, and support and
encouragement of the three –time African champions during the
FIFA World Cup qualifying race and even before. He said;
“The Nigeria Football Federation and this team are indebted to
you for your huge support all the time. Your love and keen interest
has contributed much to keep this team going and reaching for
higher heights.
“I must note that we are lucky to have a manager like Rohr who
himself is calm, focused and very dedicated to his job, as well as
a captain like Mikel who is very humble and God-fearing. The sky
will be the limit for this team.”
Also at the event were Senators Ahmed Misau and Baba Kaka
Garbai; NFF 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko; NFF
Executive Committee member, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau; NFF
General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; Managing Director of
Transcorp Hilton, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo and; players and officials of
the Super Eagles currently in camp for the FIFA World Cup.

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