Organizers of Nigerian Sports Award, (NSA) has lauded The Super Eagles for securing the World Cup ticket after beating Zambia by one goal to nil in a World Cup Qualifier held on Saturday.
In a statement issued by the management of the award and signed by the executive member of the panel, Kayode Idowu, he expressed delight over the hard won victory even as commended the coaching crew, the management of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and other sports stakeholders for rallying round the team to secure the ticket.
Kayode said” It is most gratifying news to hear that Nigeria has eventually qualify to flag the nation’s flag in next year World Cup holding in Russia. For us in NSA, we are most excited about the piece of news. We believe achievement such as this is a clear testimony to the improvement being witnessed in football and other sports in general. We believe it can only get better as we have seen in some other sports.
I think commendations should go to all the players for giving everything to earn this most coveted ticket. We must commend the team, the coaching crew for putting up a gallant fight to secure the ticket. They truly deserve all the accolades. If you follow the last few matches, you would notice the level of consistency and skillful display by the national team.
The victories over other arch rivals in the group alone are pointers that Nigeria has what it takes to beat any team if there is unity of purpose and drive to succeed. By this feat, it has shown that Nigeria football and sports in general can still get back to its rightful place that we were known for.
While applauding the role of the management of the Nigerian Football Federation and Federal Ministry of Sport on the Super Eagle sterling performance, he tasked them to support the team by starting preparation in earnest to avoid a repeat of our last outing at the World cup.
According to him, with quality friendlies and adequate training, Nigeria has what it takes to surprise the world Cup by being the first African country to win the Cup
He said’ I need to state that we cannot afford to go to sleep now that we have secured the ticket. This is the time to begin preparation for the World cup if we are really concerned about putting up a good showing or winning the World Cup at best.
The Super Eagles’ victory over Zambia makes the last group match against Algeria at Algiers a mere formality having secured the needed point for qualification over other competing teams in the group.