As the Super Eagles open their 2014 World Cup account in Brazil today, Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has told them to put in their best and ensure they post a positive result against Iran to ensure they play with less pressure in the other two group matches against Bosnia Herzegovina and Argentina.
Dr. Danagogo who reminded the players and their officials that it is no longer business as usual, disclosed to the players President Goodluck Jonathan’s resolve to give sports men and women every support to succeed because “sports is one of the key points in the government’s Transformation Agenda.”
Nigeria’s defender Juwon Oshaniwa (2nd L) and other players warm up during a training session in Campinas, some 100 kilometers from Sao Paulo, on June 12, 2014 as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
“Sports is one of the key points in Mr President’s Transformation Agenda that was why the government held the sports summit after the not too impressive performance of Team Nigeria at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Nothing will be left unturned to see that Nigerian sports men and women excel and do the country proud at international competitions,” the minister said.
He charged the Super Eagles not to limit themselves to qualifying from their group and getting to the either the quarter finals or semi finals but aim to get to the final and even winning the cup for the first because “it is achievable if you are determined and remain focused.”
He said the National Sports Commission will encourage all sports within the limits of its resources and expressed joy at the result posted by Team Nigeria at the recently concluded African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
He equally disclosed that preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland has begun, adding that athletes would be given everything they need to do well at the Games.
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