Nigerian Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire, Ambassador Jack A. Bassey, has praised the resilience of the national team in the final leg, final round round qualifier for the CHAN tournament, in Abidjan at the weekend, declaring that them team made his day by qualifying for the tournament.
He however had harsh words for the Moroccan refereeEl Jafaari Nouredine, who officiated the game, declaring that the penalty he awarded against the Nigerian side early in the first half which resulted in the seconded goal was suspicious.
Ambassador Bassey who described the Nigerian team as worthy African champions, also told the them that as a school boy footballer, he believes that the only way to always win a game is for the Nigerian team to always impose itself.
“We must stop taking our games as home or away, we must go out there and show our skills which we have aplenty when suspect officiating is playing out and win whether the referee likes it or not” he declared.
He thanked the Eagles for making his recent elevation to the position of an ambassador after 28 years of service as ground breaking and predicted that the team will be the champions of the CHAN tournament in South Africa early next year.
Leader of delegation and NFF Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh thanked the envoy for his support and promised that the Eagles will not disappoint at the CHAN tournament next year in South Africa.
“I can conveniently say here that we will repeat the 2013 feat in South Africa, where we won the African Cup of Nations and we hope his excellency, the Ambassador will come home to celbrate with us”.