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Pinnick: Super Eagles Still Have Hope; Afterall Germany, Argentina, Brazil Didn’t Win Too

Pinnick: Super Eagles Still Have Hope; Afterall Germany, Argentina, Brazil Didn’t Win Too

President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick is confident the Super Eagles can lift themselves up to reach the knockout rounds of the competition despite their 2-0 loss to Croatia in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

An unfortunate Oghenekaro Etebo own goal and a penalty from Luka Modric gave Croatia all maximum points from the game.

“We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and looking ahead with hope to the next two matches,” Pinnick told the Nigerian Football Federation media department.

“I have spoken with the Coach and the players and they have confidence that the job can be done. They feel bad to have lost the first match and are determined to go out there and do what they have to do against Iceland on Friday.

“Losing your first match of a major competition is not an automatic exit ticket. Spain lost their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and still went ahead to win the tournament.

“We have a young team that can achieve so much with the right attitude and invention, and we must now reach deep down for those qualities when we play Iceland in Volgograd.

“At this tournament, world champions  Germany have lost their first match; Argentina have been held to a draw; 2010 World Cup winners Spain have been held to a draw and; Brazil could not defeat Switzerland. France even struggled before defeating Australia with a late goal. So much is still possible.”

 

The Super Eagles have since returned to training in Essentuki ahead of Friday’s encounter at the 45,000-capacity Volgograd Arena.

Croatia currently lead Group D with three points following the win while Argentina and Iceland, who played a 1-1 draw, are joint-second with Nigeria bottom of the log.

COMMENTS

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  • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

    Now you can compare yourself to Germany when all you know is losing or winning by luck. Mtchew

    • lawson Imotto 5 months ago

      ighalo should not start the match, the coach should reorganised the defence & the midfield, give moses free attacking role to create tension in the iceland end.

  • Nazif 5 months ago

    Much as we will continue to support the Super Eagles, the main thing that I want to point out is that the main difference between all these teams that Mr. Pinnick mentioned and Nigeria is ATTITUDE; the players played as though nothing was at stake in the game, even after going a goal down, some commentators have even described their play as lazy!

    • Gibson 5 months ago

      D bane of our football over d yrs hs bn celebration of mediocrity n amaju by his utterances hs emphasised dis again.so d super eagles performance is justified bcos d likes of Germany,Argentina,Brazil et all cldnt win.wat a way to motivate a team.

  • Is this man ok? Or he is drunk? How can you compare Germany , brazil and Argentina to this Nigeria team with thier dumb ass coach Rohr? Have you seen the remaining teams Germany or Brazil will face after the 1st  March? Germany will tear South Korea apart and beat nonsense out Sweden and still top or go through the tournament. Brazil will beat sebia and Costa Rica and still go thru .. so expect brazil & Swiss to go thru while Argentina plus Croatia or Iceland to go through except Big luck come from above to beat Iceland and Argentina. 

  • Kevin Agholor 5 months ago

    The team is young no doubt but l need Gernot Rohr to work with his technical team on their tactics.Secondly he should field players who are physically fit for the Iceland match.I believe we can progress to the next stage of the competition if we perfect our game plans well.I root for the Super Eagles.

  • Presh 5 months ago

    Please tell them VAR is there oooo, I HAVE always said VAR is to spoil things, they should be careful.

  • Tunexy4u 5 months ago

    Mr Pinnik, I equally believe in this team but we need to change our approach and tactics. The coach should endeavor not to use our players out of positions in our remaining matches. Iwobi should play our N0 10 and Mikel should sit deep and play his traditional role. There is no room for comparison now, we need to win the remaining matches. Go Super Eagles!!

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    Guys you see why Nigeria is not progressing as a country, Pinnicki is now comparing Nigeria with Brazil and Germany.a lot of people reasons like him, even on this forum. Justifying for failure all the time.You went to World Cup with bunch of average players,and a  grade D coach what do u expect?.Hopefully Rohr would be bold enough in our match,he should bench Mikel, Shehu, and Ighalo.Mikel has done is best for Nigeria time to move on..See passion and determination from Mexico and Switzerland players.

    • I support you sir on players to bench. Not much people are calling for Mikel to be benched. Is that because he is captain. His performance is way below par.

    • Average players and Grade D coach, wow bold statements.
      For once sunny, I agree with you. Freedom of speech cannot be suppressed even if people like Dr Drey don’t like what you are saying.
      That Dr Drey will not know what the truth is if it was standing in front of him.

  • Victor 5 months ago

    Mr president, that’s not the point. Germany, Argentina and Brazil dominated their matches and you could see the hunger but our boys were not putting their best and the lack of experience cost us a lot.
    Tell the coach to get his tactics right in the next match, its a must we win the next match.

  • gowetok 5 months ago

    The formation and
    set of players who
    beat Argentina 4:2
    will have beaten
    Croatia hands
    down.Mr Rohr has
    been quoted as
    saying that he can’t
    play 3 at the back
    against Croatia. but
    who among Croatian
    strikers is as
    technical and strong
    as Arguero and Di
    Maria? Moreovwr in
    a 3 5 2 formation
    the wings back also
    act has defenders so
    technically u defend
    with 5 players
    instead of the
    traditional 4.In
    attack against
    Argentina Kelechi
    was involved in 3 of
    the goals. He is
    Nigeria’s deadliest
    striker at the
    moment.
    Unfortunately he is
    not an out and out
    striker meaning u
    must pair him with
    another striker.
    meaning Nigeria
    cannot play with a
    lone striker. Pair
    Kelechi with
    someone.He knows
    how to create
    chances or score if
    he as a chance.
    Moreover he showed
    against Argentina
    that he can score
    free kicks and
    deliver pin point
    corners kicks. Build
    our attack around
    him. Finally V
    Moses have shown
    against Croatia that
    he is the best wing
    back in the
    supereagles. Play
    him as a wing back
    in a 3:5;2 formation
    against Iceland

  • gowetok 5 months ago

    Mr president please tell Rohr the formation and
    set of players who
    Scored Argentina 4 Goals
    will have beaten
    Croatia hands
    down.Mr Rohr has
    been quoted as
    saying that he can’t
    play 3 at the back
    against Croatia. but
    who among Croatian
    strikers is as
    technical and strong
    as Arguero and Di
    Maria? Moreovwr in
    a 3 5 2 formation
    the wings back also
    act has defenders so
    technically u defend
    with 5 players
    instead of the
    traditional 4.In
    attack against
    Argentina Kelechi
    was involved in 3 of
    the goals. He is
    Nigeria’s deadliest
    striker at the
    moment.
    Unfortunately he is
    not an out and out
    striker meaning u
    must pair him with
    another striker.
    meaning Nigeria
    cannot play with a
    lone striker. Pair
    Kelechi with
    someone.He knows
    how to create
    chances or score if
    he as a chance.
    Moreover he showed
    against Argentina
    that he can score
    free kicks and
    deliver pin point
    corners kicks. Build
    our attack around
    him. Finally V
    Moses have shown
    against Croatia that
    he is the best wing
    back in the
    supereagles. Play
    him as a wing back
    in a 3:5;2 formation
    against Iceland

  • Lewis 5 months ago

    Rohr will likely experiment again against iceland…a coach that used same set of players in friendlies without trying other players.
    Invited Uche agbo,Mikel agu,Stephen EZE,ajiboye and the rest to camp only to drop them without kicking a ball…see the average players he came up with….

    • Average players? A certain mediocre contributor in this forum called Dr Drey believes these are the best players that Nigeria can call on at this moment.
      You wonder what some people are putting in their tea.
      I agree with you Lewis.

  • This coach want to spoil our progress in this world cup. He knows that nigeria would have beaten croatia if he had use formation 3 -5 -2 yet our nff do not want to understand wat this old man is trying to do. Believe me he will still use formation 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 just to disgrace us. Knowing dat he will be fired after the world cup. We really miz late Keshi, truely he was our best coach. He would have qualify us frm this group. Nigeria should learn to value wat they have.

  • The whole players from the Goalkeeper to strikers are a bunch of average players.
    They are doing their best under extremely difficult circumstances and my hat goes off to them.
    Players like Simmy are not the type you bring on late in games. You bring on players like Olanrewaju Kayode or Ideye who can run a tired defense ragged.
    Speak the truth and bullies like Dr Drey will try to suppress you.
    The bullies will not win. Freedom of speech will prevail.

    • Lewis 5 months ago

      Its so sad, we are struggling to create chances and a certain brown ideye is somewhere in Europe/america/Asia/Africa holidaying…ideye is highly underestimated…ideye along can make an average Player like odion its really a Shame…I’m so so upset

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 5 months ago

    All we want is Giwa.

    Pinnick must go

    Rohr Must go.

    All we want is Siasia o.

  • Guys is it me or is people like @deo and co.. Supporters of mediocrity finally Quite?? Goooood, now let me talk How can a player leave quality X factor players like Kelechi Nwaklai and Henry Onyekuru players with abilility and hunger to prove their worth who are miles ahead of the Onazi’s and Joel Obi’s warming the bench there Now, Stubborn Rohr is even scared to play more over select Onazi for a game. Kelechi Nwakali made atletico Madrid Midfeild look average yet he is not in Russia rather he is behind his T.V rooting for average players he know’s he is better of than.. This country is sad… Okay Rohr now you have seen that your average legs cannot match quality when we were all begging you to rethink the inclusion of Kelechi Nwakali you were being stubborn. This ios very painful to make matters worse he still sticks to playing shehu ahead of Tyronne Ebuehi and Playing Ighalo ahead of Iheanacho who only needs faith to shine and show himself like he did toward the end of last season. This Rohr is proving painfully stubborn and tactless as a coach and it is now clear for all to see. Like I always say the truth shall always be revealed. When Nwakali takes English Premier League by storm next season, people will start saying Chai if only we had known ooo but, by then it will be too late, we would have to wait another 4 years to prove what Naija is made off. Sad Sad Country. Anyway lets wait and see I still believe in miracles for this world cup

    • Vincent 5 months ago

      I pray for super eagle to beat iceland if the eagle should be carefull iceland are better against argentina i predicted croatia vs super eagle draw i fall .i predict ice land 0:1 super eagle .argentina 3:1 super eagle .croatia 0:1 ice lamd so super eagle will be out of group stage

  • Mr vick 5 months ago

    How can a right thinking man be glamouring for chris giwa and samsom siasia, where have the Amaju pinnick led nff board gone wrong or what spectacular did siasia do with our super eagles when he was in charge. I don’t also understand how kelechi nwakali became a super star, a player who didn’t see enough minutes of football in a relegation threatened vvv venlo before he was shipped out to a mid table deutch second division mvv mastricht, just because nigeria lost against a better team that have good technical players than our’s playing in elite european league’s like barca, real madrid, juventus, liverpool, atletico madrid and the likes, a team with 2018 europa league winner, champion league winner and runner up, italian league and cup winners, spanish league and copa de rey winner to mention but a few and nigerians that have a team with just an isreali league winner and will want to let heaven loose, then i don’t know what the likes of GERMANY that lost to mexico, BRAZIL that drew with switzerland or ARGENTINA that drew with iceland would be doing. What our players need the most now is our support, win/lose and our prayers, i think the can still scale through with determination, courage doggedness and GOD nothing is impossible.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

    • Edoman of New Jersey. 5 months ago

      You seemed rooted in the past by comparing apples with oranges. Just look at these Countries you mentioned, can our stupid couch stands in their shoes ? Rohr has not even being to any World-Cup before. He even lost our match against South Africa. By association, the current Chairman who employed Rohr, must go if we are to clean House and start afresh , may be by giving Giwa a chance to satisfy us as a people. Look, after the Iceland match on Thursday and we loose, there will be riot in Lagos and in Benin City. Nigeria Nation have invested so much time and material in this Russia World-Cup and we are not going to take it lightly if this Federation and its couch have nothing to show for it. Believe me.

  • vincent 5 months ago

    you cannot compare the performance of the germans and the brazilians to the Nigerian performance. What did the Nigerian team play. big big flop. they are coming home after the first round.

  • JOSEPH 5 months ago

    Mr pinnick you are the no 1 enemy of nigeria football becos of greed, u guys know what I mean by that but sincerely GOD will judge, all of u guys up dere, u all know what to do, to revive our football but you are nt bothered no prob, GOD is up dere watching.

  • @Sunnyb and Ashy Slashy nawa for you. Kindly note that is not by force to comment because one can hardly get sense from it except blame game. ‘The coach is a grade D and the players were average’. Only God knows how good you are in your choosing field. Try to be fair and conservative in your criticism. Any right thinking person knows the man select the best players Nigeria has it disposal now. Stop condemning the man he is doing his job face your own.

    • @tayo you are completely wrong…Woefully wrong might I add we left a player with the X factor at home a certain Kelechi Nwakali with Zeal and hunger that boy should have been included the Nigerian scouts did a woefull job not notifying our clueless coach about him now we are stuck with the likes of Onazi and Joel OBi whom the coach is even scared to call upon were as Nwakali would have been given a chance to prove what he can do. Because mark my words this boy is dominating English Prem League next season I was even posting videos of him long before the world cup commenced on this forum. So for you to say that the coach is using our best players at our disposal is a woefully wrong statement. Henry Onyekuru should also be there

  • Henry 5 months ago

    In as much as I will not disagree with pinnick, the different between Nigeria those countries is clear and we will even meet Argentina in same group. My recommendation is, the coach should play these players: Balogun, Ekong, Idowu, Ebuehi, simy, Ndidi, Etebo, Moses, Iwobi, Ihenacho,Uzoho in a 3 .5 .2 formation.

  • ako amadi 5 months ago

    The Chairman of the NFF is now mocking and ridiculing the Nigerian national team. Something is really wrong with this country

  • It’s obvious many of commenting here are grade D s in ur various fields, cos it’s only a grade D that will reason and talk like u have. How all of a sudden d NFF is at fault, y are Nigerians so impatient. Yes the team performed below par, but that is not to say u justified for d uneccesssary blame games. Is this many of u manager ur personal lives? Nwakali is now d saviour and what spectacle did siasia bring to d table afterall he had his chance, simple qualification he couldn’t. Make u na just shut d fuck up and let d team concentrate. Pls GR if u want to go back to Germany intact do not use ighalo and shehu. And warn Moses to stop individual football.I have other things to do.

  • Amaechi Ajah 5 months ago

    This man called picnic again!!! he is no longer shouting that we can win d world cup bah! Well i just hv a shocking feeling now, d eagles will crash @ds 1st round. History wil repeat itself again, Korea/Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010 d eagles lost der first games and went ahead to pick a point to finish bottom of our group. Am seeing such happening again.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 5 months ago

    By association, Pinnick must go. He brought this corrupt and stupid couch upon Nigeria. He gave all the free hands to select the bunch of average players to represent us while the good players were even placed in the wrong positions in other to neutralized their effectiveness. You are attempting to compare apples with Oranges by mentioning Brazil, Argentina as those Countries who have not yet win a match to date. This is why Nigerians are calling Chris Giwa to replace this Chairman because he is not been realistic in his approach. Mr. Chairman, you haven’t seen anything yet. If we loose the second match on Thursday, there could be Riots in Lagos, Uyo, Benin City and Port Harcourt. Riots against this Federation and for the reinstatement of Giwa to run the affairs in September.

    • stanley 5 months ago

      Forget your statement on pinnick must go. 
      My concern here is, why is Moses not playing his natural RB he plays in Chelsea? 
      Or why is Ebuehi not starting ahead of Shehu or is our team now based on quota system? 
      Mikel and Ndidi should play defensive midfielders role, why Iwobi play natural 10 because of his speed and defence splitting passes. 
      Iheanacho should start ahead of Ighalo, Ighalo wait too much for the ball to come to him. Thereby playing minus one role, cos I have seen other top 9 and how they play. 
      Rohr should learn to make quick substitutions where necessary. 
      Finally, I think I go with 3-5-2.formation.4-3-3 exposes your midfield easily. World Cup is about extreme conservation. If you don’t score don’t conceed. 

  • Just to propose a killer formation for a defensive Iceland, which I think will work. I will use 4-1-2-3. 4 (Tyrone, Idowu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong), 1 (Etebo), 2(Mikel, Iwobi), 3(Musa, Iheanacho, Moses). I will bench Ndidi, I am sorry. Etebo can do his job and Mikel will support. Etebo is a player that goes forward and comes back easily. He will also support the attack.

  • Eagle 5 months ago

    The earlier our coach realise that Ighalo has no goal in him the better, if he contunues using ighalo,Nigeria may be the first to exit the world cup without scoring a goaL.let the coach select players based on the players ability not big name and lastly let the right formation and tactice be deployed. I believe that no player will go into the field with the aim to loose. Up Super Eagles

  • Dis is wat psychic pig told pinnick wen he went visiting. Congratulations. Cingatulobia. Nigeria wil ve 4 points. Croatia 3 points.argentina, 5points  iceland 4 point. Advanced nigeria on goals scored. And pig got a promise. 

  • Chipolopolo. 5 months ago

    I beg to differ with you Nigerian’s, your team can beat any team if they can approach the matches with less over confidence. There is still hope Nigeria can and will do it for Africa. The teams you’re talking about are all beat able. Viva super chickens, abash negativity on the that Zambia is supporting.

  • PEACE 5 months ago

    Complete sport should please advice Rohr to start
    Iheanacho
    Moses Musa
    Iwobi
    Mikel Ndidi
    Idowu Balogun Ekong Ebuehi
    Uzoho
    as the first 11 eleven. Almost every one knows that Super Eagles will win and score goals in multiples as they did worn against Argentina 4-2 by using this set of players as the first eleven and in this formation.
    Complete sport should help NIGERIA PLEASE!!!!! Thank you

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    When I’m talking you guys should listen to my words of wisdom. I have warned you all before the world cup that don’t expect too much from Eagles. Our players tried their best but coach Rohr spoiled everything for them. Coach intentionally ignored 3-5-2 and he would never listen to anybody. If we qualify from that group, we should thank God for that. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    When I’m talking you guys should listen to my words of wisdom. I have warned you all before the world cup that don’t expect too much from Eagles. Our players tried their best but coach Rohr spoiled everything for them. The Coach intentionally ignored 3-5-2 formation and he would never listen to anybody. I think he did that intentionally. However, If we qualify from that group, we should thank God for his mercy. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • NIGERIANS! Chaii! We tried Keshi, by the end, Uganda beat us at home… something Dat had never happened,  we south Africa and Congo qualified for nations cup ahead of us. We tried Oliseh,  he left when he realized he couldn’t quality us for d next nation’s cup then Siasia entered.  I remembered 90% Nigerians voted for foreign coach.. other foreign coaches ran because of group of death (Le guen an example) but Rohr took it and qualify us with a game to spare with these set of Team. 
    The only thing I hate about Rohr is the fact that he over trusts some players and for his refusal to use the tested and trusted formation. During pinnick,  we got some foreign players e.g Balogun, Ekong, Iwobi, Ebuehi, Idowu,  Aina. Pls can u people tell me any better Nigerian player home n abroad…plus name one in each position. During this man tenure,  nothing like allowance delay, we got the best jerseys etc. His job I think is to give the coach and players wateva they want. I heard some are even calling our players Average can u Pls name a world class Nigerian player..just One. Since the time of Okocha and Kanu,  Nothing like that. When Keshi was there, we had Gabriel reuben,  uzoenyi,  Babatunde and Co.  Are these the world class we want? All we need is how to blend naija players as a team which Rohr is delaying to achieve. World class Naija player never Exist.

  • Mr vick 5 months ago

    Mr sean you are talking sense and i don’t know where EDOMAN OF NEW JERSEY AND THE LIKES, will get world class nigerian players better than the one we have now or a better nff board than the AMAJU PINNICK LED BOARD. I repeat this set of players are the best nigeria can offer now unless we can breed a set of world class players overnight, as for kelechi nwakali my follow owerri guy, he is not better than any of our current midfield player now, but i know his time will, lets keep supporting our dear super eagles win or lose.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

  • @sean thank you for throwing light into what is so difficult for some people to understand, not that we are supporting the team for their poor display but enough of this blaming game, i can only advice everyone on this forum to criticize constructively and give support to the team so that they can excel in their subsequent match, it is high time people cease from clamouring for their mirage world class players, there was a saying in my town that a monkey in virgin bush that keeps on shouting that is warning people that is how it continue inceassantly untill it found it at fault. God bless Nigeria

  • Prince 5 months ago

    Dear Rohr

    Nigeria vs Iceland 

    Pls play this players according !!!

    3-5-2 (team formation & diamond attacking)
    Uzoho
    Ebuehi – Ekong – Balogun
    Musa – Mikel – Etobo- Ndidi – Moses
    Kelechi – Iwobi

    4-3-3 (when attacking or defending the midfield)

    Uzoho
    Ebuehi – Ekong – Balogun-Ndidi
    Musa- Mikel- Etobo
    Kelechi – Iwobo – Moses

    3-3-2-2 (sole attack / and defending & attacking opponent area)
    Uzoho
    Ebuehi – Ekong – Balogun 
    Mikel – Etobo – Ndidi
    Musa – Moses 
    Kelechi – Iwobi

    Possible player in / out 
    (attack choice)
    Ogu for Mikel 
    Oghalo for Musa 
    Simy for Kelechi 

    (Defence choice)
    Ogu for Mikel
    Onazi or Joel for Musa 
    Oghalo for Musa 
    Omeuro for Balogun 

    God bless NIGERIA !!!
    Let’s go SUPER EAGLES !!!

  • OLUSEGUN Olofin 5 months ago

    Pinnick is doing what Brazilian fa president would never do, comparing. Him as well as the entire team are assholes . I wonder what they were all doing before the world cup when they know rhat certain things needs to be sorted out.
    The team didn’t play well. Mikel didn’t show that he’s s captain , Igalo showed no striker stuff and Rights tactics are crap . Did anyone of them want to tell us that they didn’t know any nwakali as a midfielder who can handle the number 10 position should Mikel not be able to perform or that there’s no winger like Moses Simon. Because of them we lost the chance to get ppl like David Alaba and Dele Alli all due to their political bullshit. We’ve been to the world cup 5 times and this is the 6th and it’s not about experience alone but about know ing your priorities right. Na wa oh for NfF and Super Eagles.

  • dozino 5 months ago

    now i give up on nigeria. what are next games for Germany (serbia & cosca rica),Brazil (sweden,korea), & Argentina (nigeria & croatia) compared to Nigeria (iceland & Argentina).so where is the consolation mr picknick or wetin you call yourself?

  • Guys mek una calm down, people shouting for the nwakali brothers, Musa Mohammed and usman Mohammed should please relax. Chidibere nwakali was invited by Sia1 for training camp with our olympic team but couldn’t cut it and was dropped. He was invited to the SE camp to the chagrin of many members of this forum, still he couldn’t cut it. Even his parent club Manchester city sent him on loan to Spain, he still couldn’t cut it. It was only till he went to Sweden that he was able to get some playing time b4 securing a loan to Scotland. Though good but not the kind of player that would have made any difference against Croatia. As regards kelechi nwakali, though a good footballer, he was only to cut it in Dutch 2nd division, in the 1st division with vvv venlo he was a flop and found games hard to come by. Musa Mohammed again another great player and I believe the future eagles captain was invited by GR but couldn’t cut it. At his parent club in Turkey, he hardly kicked a ball in anger and was in the doldrums for a very long time until his career was rescued by a club in Bulgaria who accepted a loan deal from his parent club in Turkey. As regards usman Mohammed most people don’t even remember him as his career nosedived after the Olympics where we took bronze and he secured a deal to play in Portugal after that he couldn’t secure any deal after the Portuguese club decided he was surplus to requirement. He was jumping from one club to another on trial basis. He ultimately trailed with barca b team and was still not considered good enough. All this calls for these guys after just one irrelevant friendly against an ATM 2nd string team is uncalled for, please don’t get me wrong I think they are good players but not exceptional to displace the ones currently in our team. I understand we are angry after the loss but let’s support the team We presently have. It’s not all doom and gloom. Believe in your team and let them know. They will surely do everything to get a positive result, am sure of it sentiments aside. Good luck best in Africa imho

    God bless 9ja and its people.