13 December 2017
Nigeria’s senior men’s national football team, the Super Eagles, has received the backing of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports to go all the way in Russia and win the World Cup.
Having tipped the team for success in Russia next year, the lawmakers also pledged total support to the national team to ensure a successful campaign.
Acknowledging the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, as the brain behind the Eagles’ impressive form in recent times, the lawmakers commended the leadership of the Federation towards transforming the country’s football.
The committee said all these during the 2018 budget defence with NFF officials in Abuja, on Tuesday. NFF’s team was led by its president, Amanju Pinnick, to the budget defence session.
The chairman of the committee, Goni Bukar Lawan (APC, Yobe) said the panel would do all within its powers to support the NFF to realize its laudable programmes, including making the Eagles to perform well at the World Cup.
“Mr. President, you could see how everybody here is commending you. I also believe and see that you’re doing a good job. Please keep it up. On our part, we’ll keep supporting you. If you have any challenges, please don’t hesistate to approach us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pinnick told the panel that the Super Eagles would be playing some friendly matches ahead of the competition.
Responding to a question on when the NFF headquarters would be completed, Pinnick said NFF was working assiduously to ensure that it is completed in by March next year.
Pinnick also notified the lawmakers that the Aiteo Group, sponsors of the Nigeria Football League, are currently building secretariats in six states namely Jigawa, Kwara Borno, Osun, Abia and Bayelsa to be completed early next year.
“After building these structures, we’re talking to NNPC to build two pitches in each state to be maintained by the states FAs,” he said, noting that the Eagles would play a friendly on May 27.