Alhaji Aminu Maigari
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari said on Thursday that the Nigeria National Football Team, Super Eagles, is at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa to fight for the trophy that the country last won in Tunisia 19 years ago.
Speaking in Johannesburg, when he arrived in the capital of the Rainbow Nation on Thursday morning, and at about the same time the Eagles delegation was landing at the Oliver R. Tambo International Airport, the NFF President said the Super Eagles will take no prisoners or hostages at the Cup finals.
“People have been talking about the chances of the different teams. It is nothing out of the ordinary. Some persons have gone ahead to name their favourite teams for the trophy. My own favourite team for the trophy will be the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
“We have come to the finals with a fine blend of experienced and ambitious competitors; only few of them have been at the Nations Cup before. But the bulk of them have been together over the past 15 months and blended very well,” Maigari told the media in Johannesburg.
Players and officials of the Super Eagles, who had been in a final training camp in Faro, Portugal since December 28, and played a total of four tune-up matches, arrived in Nelspruit on Thursday evening and immediately checked into the Ingwenyama Conference and Sport Resort.
The delegation, which was led by NFF Executive Committee member, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu from Portugal, was received at the Nelspruit
Airport by NFF Executive Committee member and chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama, NFF’s Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Director of Marketing Idris Adama and Store Manager Tajudeen Tiamiyu. Head of Protocol, Ibrahim Abubakar received the delegation in Johannesburg.
The team is expected to train on Friday.