The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh has issued a rallying call to the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they prepare for a crucial clash against Ivory Coast in their second group game at the African Cup of Nations.
The Minister charged the team to make amends for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea by securing a victory against their host.
“Thursday’s game gives us an opportunity to make a statement, by going ahead to feast on the Elephants in their backyard. I am urging the Super Eagles to remain resolute, as we will be playing against 11 players on the pitch, the home fans, and even the weather,” Enoh said. “We must be mentally superior for the entire duration of the game, as we need to secure a victory to boost our chances of advancing to the next round.”
“The Government and people of Nigeria are behind our beloved Super Eagles and have always been a source of pride for our nation. I call upon each player to give their best on the field and make a lasting impression. Winning the second game against Ivory Coast is not just a victory for the team but a statement of our football prowess on the continent.”
Senator Enoh referenced the 2013 victory en route Nigeria’s march to winning the AFCON in South Africa. He said Nigeria defeated the Ivorians when no one gave them a chance against a star-studded Ivorian team.
“We held our own down that night in South Africa, playing against the golden generation of ivorian football to claim a sweet 2-1 victory in the quarterfinal. If we did it ten years ago, then let’s do it again!”
The Minister also extended his best wishes to the coaching staff, support personnel, and the entire Nigerian football community. He encouraged fans to rally behind the Super Eagles and create an atmosphere of unwavering support.