Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday visited the camp of the Super Eagles who are currently training for their qualifying match against Algeria and also to see the super falcons. Osinbajo arrived shortly after before 6pm, watched the players train and spoke briefly with them.
To the Super Eagles, Vice President Osinbajo said: “I commend you for your patriotism and commitment to the cause of fatherland. By going to Zambia to defeat the Zambians on their own ground for the first time, you have shown your determination to conquer your group and qualify for the World Cup.
“I want to assure you that the Government and people of Nigeria are behind you in your quest to qualify for the World Cup. I believe that you will certainly pick the ticket from your group to make it to the World Cup finals.”
While Sports Minister Solomon Dalung presented the Super Eagles to the Vice President as a bunch of disciplined and dedicated patriots, NFF President Amaju Pinnick assured Mr. Osinbajo that the Eagles will fight hard to qualify for the World Cup. Skipper Mikel John Obi praised Vice President Osinbajo for finding time to spur the team, saying Nigeria has one of the youngest national teams in Africa presently. Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr declared that as a German, he has brought the German mentality of resilience and perseverance to the team’s camp.
To the Super Falcons, Osinbajo said: “I am happy that you girls are the reigning African champions, and I believe you will go to Cameroon and retain your trophy. The whole nation is behind you. You must start by beating Mali and then going all the way so as to bring the Cup back to Nigeria.”
Captain Evelyn Nwabuoku thanked the Vice President and promised that the Falcons are committed to retaining their continental title.
Meanwhile, Leon Balogun and Brown Ideye missed training on Tuesday.Both Balogun and Ideye had a light workout with the rest of the squad in the morning, but didn’t do more than that as they watched the rest of the team continue with the session.