The Alliance for New Nigeria has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria for success in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup starting next week. The National Chairman of the party, Dr. Jay Osi Samuels said though 23 players have been selected to represent the country, he assured them that about 200 million Nigerians home and abroad are solidly behind them.
He urged Nigerians to put away political, religious or ethnic affiliations and to align with one voice to cheer the Super Eagles to victory in Russia.
He said as a party with the single focus of seeing a Nigeria where Nigerians are united and can bear each otherâ€™s differences while drawing on the beauty of the countryâ€™s diversity, he sees the current Super Eagles as a metaphor for that position that the party holds.
â€œWe see a team of players from across the Niger, the South-South, the Northern hemisphere and the West of Nigeria where no one has earned a shirt because of quota system. Every member of the Super Eagles has earned a shirt because they deserve it. Thatâ€™s our concept of a New Nigeria and thatâ€™s what we have seen with the Super Eagles.
â€œWithin the period of the games, we know Nigeriaâ€™s unity comes through very strongly. No one cares who scores the goal, no one cares what part of Nigeria the goalkeeper is from. Everyone speaks one language; one language of hope and expectation and the handshakes, hugs, laughter, smiles, shouts, drums and dance that follow every win of the team will attest to the reality of the spirit that binds us together.
â€œFor us as a party, this is the spirit of Nigeria. The spirit of a people so indivisible and united. The spirit of great neighbourliness and warm friendship and love,â€ he said.
Samuels stated that in every win or loss, it will not be about a particular part of Nigeria, but the whole country. He said all Nigerians would focus their energies and prayers for the Super Eagles to win; Muslims pray and Christians, even in some instances gather to pray together.
â€œThis is therefore a call to every Nigerian across divides and age to rally round the Super Eagles over the next four weeks as we watch the FIFA World Cup and cheer the Super Eagles to victory.
â€œWe know that friendship and fair play rule the game of football. We are confident that as a team, our Super Eagles have what it takes to win the World Cup. However, win or lose, we shall celebrate victory because itâ€™s all about fair play at the end.â€