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Published On: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

World Cup: Score the goals, bring back the cup, Aduda tells Eagles

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The Senator Representing the Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Philip Aduda has urged the Super Eagles to go all out for victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Aduda who disclosed this in Abuja, said that his message to Eagles was to go Brazil, score all the goals and bring back the cup.

“For me, the World Cup finals is more than just football, it’s about our national pride as the African champions at stake.

“We cannot afford to dash the hopes of the African continent.

“Also, in a time of violence and so on, when the whole world is waiting to hear the latest negative news from Nigeria, this is the time we need the Super Eagles most.

“They are the only once who can unify our nation and change the mindset of the world towards Nigeria.

“I expect the Eagles to exert as much energy and resolve to triumph just as they did at the African Cup of Nations,” he said.

Adudu also praised the team for putting up a good performance during Wednesday night’s international friendly against Scotland.

He thanked Coach Stephen Keshi for giving some of the new players an opportunity to show what they could offer to the team.

“Even though coach Keshi opted to use a largely experimental Nigeria side to execute the match, I must say the lads gave a good account of themselves.

“It was good to see the likes of Shola Ameobi given the opportunity to lead the attack for the Eagles alongside Michael Uchebo with support on the flanks from Michael Babatunde.

“I can just imagine what our first eleven would look like. I am sure if the coach had fielded a stronger side we could have easily beaten the Scots,” he said.

The Super Eagles on Wednesday held Scotland to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage and also held to goalless draw with Greece.

The law maker also backed the National Sports Commission DG, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye to help steer the country’s sports in the right direction, adding that, he was a goal-getter.

He noted that Elegbeleye’s wealth of experience both in the Executive and Judiciary arms of government would ensure that the World Cup comes to the country.

“I know him (Elegbeleye) to be very passionate about sports, most especially the game of football which he loves so much.

“When he was Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports then, he did very well and we were proud of him.

“His experience, exceptional intelligence, dedication and commendable track record will no doubt act as a helpful asset to accomplishing this highly challenging task,” Aduda said.

The 20th FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 13, 2014.

Nigeria is in Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.

 

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