The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, has convened a high-level meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro to deliberate on strategic plans and preparations for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The collaborative session, held at the Minister’s office in Abuja, focused on fostering synergy and solidifying a comprehensive roadmap to ensure optimal preparations and success for the senior national football team at the highly anticipated tournament.
Enoh reiterated the government’s unwavering support for Nigerian football and emphasized the significance of meticulous planning and cohesive strategies to propel the national team to victory at the AFCON.
“Our country is so passionate about football, such that amidst all other sports, football is about the only sport that has an entry in the nation’s national budget. That is how important football is, because whatever happens to it, happens to us as a country.
“After 10 years, the country is thirsty to win the AFCON. It will matter a great deal to the Nigerian people, and to the Government of President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. It is important to not just leave the task to the NFF alone, but the government is also interested in being able to tell the Nigerian people what is being done in that regard,” the minister said.
He stated that the AFCON represents a pivotal opportunity for the national team to showcase its strength and resilience on the continental stage. The meeting underscores the Ministry’s commitment to providing all necessary support and resources to ensure the Super Eagles’ readiness and competitiveness at the tournament.
NFF president, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, in his remarks, assured Nigerians that there is no need to panic saying all hands are on deck and working round the clock to ensure the country flies high at the AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire. He added that the NFF is committed to making sure the country performs well at the championship.
Coach Peseiro while appreciating the collaborative efforts of the Minister and the NFF reiterated his commitment to steering the Nigerian national team towards excellence.
He highlighted the significance of robust preparation and emphasized that the technical crew will work with the players to sort out grey areas and bring joy to Nigerians.
The meeting while commending the dedication and professionalism exhibited by Peseiro and the NFF said efforts are ongoing to settle outstanding issues with the coach and assured him of an enabling environment to help the team thrive.
The NFF delegation at the meeting also included 1st Vice President, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, Chairman, Technical Committee, Sharif Inuwa and Director of international competitions, Dayo Enebi.
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