- Players handed Afcon land papers
NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari made a morale boosting visit to the Super Eagles Campinas camp on Wednesday afternoon to assure the team that the federation is solidly behind them and that he was sure that the team will make it to the next round of the championship.
He was accompanied on the visit by Chairman Technical Committee, Chris Green, Chairman, Media and Publicity of the NFF, High Chief Emeka Inyama, Executive Committee member and Enyimba FC boss, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu, Assistant Director Media NFF, Demola Olajire, with soccer Ambassador and immediate past skipper of the national team Nwankwo Kanu as well as PA to NFF President, Jubril Nasir in tow.
Maigari said he came to reassure the team that majority of Nigerians still believe in them to deliver and the NFF board has a special place for the team ahead of their game against Bosnia Herzegovina on Saturday.
“We have heard the barrage of criticisms against you by the same people who say you are the best in the world only a few days ago, but we know that it was the same thing that happened at the Nations Cup and helped to rejuvenate the team. I am certain that those who have criticized you today, will be the same people that will join to celebrate you in the coming weeks and it will be to the glory of God and the greatness of Nigeria,” he declared.
Team Skipper, Joseph Yobo, said he was aware of the criticisms especially in the social media but declared that the team remains undaunted and will once again prove critics wrong in their next match.
“We know the football family is behind us, we know the NFF is behind us and we will not let the nation down when the time comes for us to be counted among great football nations.”
The NFF President thereafter presented the papers of the landed properties given to the team by President Goodluck Jonathan following their triumph at the last Nations Cup in South Africa. Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, received the papers for onward distribution to the players.