Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, has predicted that African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be the surprise package come the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Speaking when he hosted the team at the Nigerian House in London on Monday afternoon, Tafida, said his prediction is based on the team’s pedigree, the sound technical bench and the support of the NFF and that of President Goodluck Jonathan to the team.
He assured the team that himself and 170 million Nigerians will be praying daily for the team and pray for luck to be on the side of the team.
“I know President Jonathan will reward you excellently and I will also be in Abuja, when a huge reception is organized for the team after the World Cup and I am very sure the president will not fail to say thank you, just play your part and leave the rest to him,” he said.
Head Coach Stephen Keshi said he is working in tandem with NFF to ensure that the team is devoid of injuries in the run-up to the World Cup but noted that friendlies must be played to keep the team in shape both physically, mentally and socially because the players have not been together for sometimes and there is need to ensure that all of them are on the same page.
The reception ended with the players enjoying Nigerian delicacies at the High Commission, with Dr Tafida thanking the NFF for ensuring that a Nigerian will be at the helm of affairs at the Mundial.
“Other Africans have white coaches and they are envious of Nigeria and a few others I am sure you will daze the world in Brazil,” he said.