NOA Director General, Mike Omeri (R), handing over a Nigerian flag to the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, during his mobilisation visit to the National Sports Commission in Abuja…Thursday
Ahead of Sunday’s all important Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Liberia, the National Sports Commission (NSC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) are collaborating to drum up support for the Super Eagles at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi disclosed this Thursday when he played host to the Director General of the NOA, Mike Omeri who was at the NSC headquarters to assure the Minister of his agency’s resolve to mobilise support for the Super Eagles.
Omeri said that his agency was in the fore-front of mobilising Nigerians to support the Super Eagles by ensuring that only the country’s national colours will be visible at the stadium on Saturday.
He confirmed that his agency was making available to spectators who would be at the stadium to cheer the Super Eagles 5, 000 Nigeria national flags even as President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to be the number one fan of the team.
The minister commended the NOA for taking the initiative and urged Nigerians to come out en-masse to cheer the Eagles to victory.
The hallmark of the visit was the presentation of the victory flag to the Sports Minister.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Thursday in Abuja said the agency would organise a mini-carnival to support the national soccer teams ahead of their qualifying matches.
The Director General of the NTDC, Chief Olusegun Runsewe told newsmen that the carnival, slated for Calabar, would keep the city ready for the matches.
He said that fans needed to be properly sensitised on the need to support to both the Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets.
“The only way for the teams to feel at home is for people to come out in large number to give them support.
“You cannot imagine how far the support will go in making the teams to win the matches. It is time for us to lend positive support and do that with all our heart,” he said.