Leader of Nigeria’s delegation to Ouagadougou and 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation/Chairman of the League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko, has expressed joy and sense of satisfaction at the Super Eagles B’s qualification for the 4th African Nations Championship.
The LMC supremo had challenged the players in the dressing room an hour before kick-off, to play with determination and discipline to do the nation proud and also to make a strong case for their ilk (players in the domestic League) with regards to greater consideration for places in the main Super Eagles squad.
Dikko said: “Your success here today will make your home-based professional colleagues happy, that you have represented them with courage. Also, you need to win for your Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, who is recuperating in Belgium. Your qualification for Rwanda and the way you play will convince the coaches that home boys deserve more places in the Super Eagles A team.
“I am the chairman of the League, and I am convinced one hundred percent that we have quality in the League, and that more home boys can break into the full Super Eagles squad. So, you need to show your stuff here this afternoon.”
At the end, Dikko, who made the charge in company with the Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu; NFF Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel Ikpeme; and club Chairmen, Akin Akinbobola, Davidson Owumi, Paul Chibuzor and Okey Kpalukwu, praised the boys for their strong mental attitude and fighting spirit.
Also, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Burkina Faso, David Bala, who watched the match alongside his wife and a dozen staff of the Embassy, was ecstatic.
Bala said: “Your victory means a lot. We will have the bragging right here for a long time to come. The people of Burkina Faso wanted to win this match so badly, and had even boasted that they would score so many goals in the first half.
“Our boys fought hard and well, and deserve praises. They are brave soldiers.”