NFF President, Aminu Maigari and almost all members of his board who were in Brazil for the Confederations Cup championship have said they were so pleased with the support of the Brazilians that they will do anything to ensure that the team makes it to the 2014 World Cup.
Among those who were thrilled by the support were Barr. Christopher Green, the Technical Committee Chairman of the NFF, Aminu Kawu, who heads the Nigerian Amateur League on the NFF board and of course NFF’s Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme.
We are so happy with the amount of support that we have here. I can’t imagine that despite us losing a match the fans were still rooting till the last moment and even lined up all the streets of Fortaleza to cheer the team. It’s simply unbelievable.
Green on his part says Nigerian fans should borrow a leaf from the huge support its national team received unsolicited from Brazilians in the course of the Confederations Cup. “We have to be a little more patriotic and support our own, look at the manner of support we are getting here, it could have been different even in Nigeria with the type of results we are getting”.
Kawu spoke in a similar vein, while Dr Ikpeme, simply added that his second coming to Brazil has afforded him the opportunity of knowing that football is not only a unifying force but a source of global convergence for peace, oneness and tranquility.