President Jonathan travels to Brazil 2014 World Cup for Super Eagles

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Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi
Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi

Nigeria’s leader, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR will be in Brazil this summer to support the Super Eagles in their quest to lift the prestigious FIFA World Cup trophy, as ‘Nigeria’s Official Number One Supporter.’

Speaking at a colourful ceremony inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday morning, where he was decorated as Grand Patron of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, President Jonathan also hailed the efforts of the National Sports Commission, Nigeria Football Federation and Nigeria Football Supporters Club in the numerous successes that Nigeria National Teams have achieved in the recent past.

Dedicating the honour to all Members of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians of goodwill at home and in Diaspora, the President also pledged that his administration will continue to give maximum support and assistance to all Nigerian sportsmen and women to bring glory to the country.

The Super Eagles have also qualified for this year’s FIFA World Cup finals, with the Falconets and Flamingoes through to take part in this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup respectively.

“The Year 2014 is a very important one for our nation, as we have the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games ahead of us. The Federal Government will not relent in giving support to all our athletes in all sports to excel. I am indeed honoured to be officially recognised as Nigeria’s Number One Supporter. I have always been a keen supporter of all our National Teams.”

Speaking at the ceremony, President -General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo hailed the President’s keen interest and personal motivation of all the National Teams, which has resulted in tremendous successes over the years.

It will be recalled that since President Jonathan came into office, Nigeria Football Federation has won through the National Teams, with a total of 10 trophies.

These trophies include the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, 2011 African Youth Championship, 2010 African Women Championship, trophies from prestigious international friendlies against Argentina, Catalonia and South Africa, and three editions of COPA Lagos International Beach Soccer competition.
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari joined Vice President Namadi Sambo, Minister of Sports,

Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, Director General of NSC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye and Dr.
Oladipo in decorating President Jonathan with the ceremonial dress, medallions, muffler, Staff of Office and trophy.