Wednesday, February 06, 2013
PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO ATTEND AFCON FINALS, URGES SUPER EAGLES TO BRING BACK TROPHY AS SPECIAL CENTENARY GIFT FOR NIGERIANS
President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is expected to attend the Finals of the African cup of nations after the Super Eagles of Nigeria beat the Eagles of Mali by 4-1 to get into the finals for the first time in thirteen years.
President Jonathan congratulated the team on his facebook page, minutes after their impressive win and praised their Indomitable Nigerian spirit and he is happy that the victory as well as the opportunity to win the trophy comes at a time when the celebration of Nigeria centenary celebration commences.
''Again, coach Keshi and our skillful and patriotic players have shown the world the indomitable Nigerian spirit. It is this spirit that Nigeria's leading lights came together to celebrate on Monday the 4th of February 2013 as we began our centenary celebrations.
The Super Eagles have done us proud, the Cup is within reach and Nigeria is indeed grateful and expectant of a special centenary gift from our players. GEJ''
NFF president Aminu Maigari said after the team’s convincing win on Wednesday in Durban: “This is a victory that we dedicate to all Nigerians.
“It was a magnificent performance by our team, but I insist that the Super Eagles must keep their heads and
focus on the final match because we cannot afford to disappoint President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday.”
Sunday’s final will be Nigeria’s seventh appearance in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 17 appearances.
They have won twice (1980 and 1994) and finished as runners-up in 1984, 1988 (both to Cameroon), 1990 (to Algeria) and 2000 (again, to Cameroon).
Also on Sunday, coach Stephen Keshi, who captained the victorious Eagles in 1994, has the opportunity of becoming the only man alive to have won the Africa Cup of Nations both as player and as coach.
The only other person, Egyptian Mahmoud Al-Gohary, who won as player in 1959 and as coach in 1998, died last year.