President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari departed the shores of Nigeria on Thursday night to rejoin the Eagles B squad in Cape Town ahead of Saturday’s potentially-explosive African Nations Championship quarter final duel with Morocco’s Atlas Lions.
“I have total confidence in the Eagles to overcome the Moroccans on Saturday and go ahead to lift the trophy on the first day of February,” Maigari said as he left Abuja for Lagos, en route South Africa, on Thursday afternoon.
Victory for the Eagles on Saturday will take the Aminu Maigari administration closer to its 11th trophy in 41 months in charge of Nigeria football.
Trophies that have been won include the FIFA U-17 World Cup (November 2013), Africa Cup of Nations (February 2013), African Women Championship (December 2010), African Youth Championship (May 2011), Conquistador (high-profile friendly with Argentina, June 2011), Catalunya Cup (high-profile friendly with Catalonia, January 2013),
Mandela Challenge (high-profile friendly with South Africa, August 2013) and all three editions of the COPA Lagos International Beach Soccer Tournament since 2011.
Nigeria, making her first appearance at the African Nations Championship, take on Morocco inside the Cape Town Stadium in the first quarter final tie of the competition.
“Our expectation is for the Eagles to surmount the North African obstacle and go on to win the Cup, so that we can present it to our dear President, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) as our first gift for the Centenary celebrations,” Maigari added.