By Lawrence Olaoye
Liberian President, George Weah, has given tips on how the Nigerian Super Eagles can win the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia.
Weah, who paid a state visit on President Muhammadu Buhari in an interaction with the State House Correspondents yesterday at the Presidential Villa said winning the World Cup by any African country will do the continent proud.
According to him, the government must do everything possible to ensure that the players are not stressed; they should make sure that they concentrate and that their incentives are given for them to be motivated.
“Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money, they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem. When players are going to camp is to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry.
“Remember I played in European setting, when we go to camp we have nothing to do. The only thing we have to do is to take a shower and prepare for the game, everything is laid down here and so you have no excuse.
So let the players not have excuse, support them and let them go and bring back that cup.”
Asked what he intended to do to revamp sports in his country, the Liberian leader said
“We have started already. I went to meet World Bank and they are giving us $5 million to revamp our sports sector.
As a former coach, technical director and former sponsor of the national team, you know is not only football. When Liberia goes to represent us at the Olympics, we only see the officials drilling with our flags, we don’t see no athletes.
This year, we have made sure that all of our sports we will have someone to represent us and I will be there to monitor them. That is why we put a former player as the sports minister that I will work with to revamp Liberia National Team and I know he will do it best.
And those techniques that made Liberia qualify twice and missed the World Cup three times, I will make sure that I work with him so that he can do the work and ensure that our athletes go and represent our country.