Sports Minister: Super Eagles Must Beat Rwanda
Posted: Jun 13, 2012
Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdulahi, has held a meeting with chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation over this weekend’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Wasp of Rwanda, and urged them to ensure that the Super Eagles beat their opponents on Saturday.
Although Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green, disclosed that the meeting with Abdulahi was only a routine one with the leadership of NFF led by Alhaji Aminu Maigari and Musa Amadu, Complete Sports gathered that it was not unconnected with this weekend's match billed for Calabar.
The winner of the match will progress to the final stage of the tournament billed to hold in South Africa next year. Both teams shared the spoil in the reverse fixtures last February in Kigali.
“I don’t know the subject of the meeting with the sports minister, but for us, the Eagles have no option other than to beat Rwanda in Calabar. We anticipate a tough game because the visitors will play for either a win or a score draw, but we expect the Eagles to win because they know the enormity and importance of the task ahead.”
“We have no qualms with the outcome of the match in Blantyre. An away draw is better than an outright loss. There are no more minnows in Africa football again. Keshi has the full backing of the committee and the NFF for the job he is doing. We will support all his programmes,” Green stated.
Green also refused to hang Enyeama for his late error by insisting his defence went to sleep as they failed to provide the cover up for him at the time of need, adding that the coaches would work on that lapses and ensure that it does not repeat itself on Saturday.
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