Akwa Ibom State Governor, on Wednesday redeemed his pledge of $10,000 per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the Super Eagles in the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions, whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on the first day of September, before earning a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde three days later.
While calling on the three –time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday, said he would be glad to honour the team with another monetary gift if the squad could record w in against Zambia to make it six time the team would compete at FIFA soccer fiesta.
On Wednesday, the football –loving Governor and great host of the Super Eagles in this qualifying campaign, said there is more monetary gifts for the Super Eagles, if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday.
Noting that the Super Eagles have quality and experienced players to overcome the Chipolopolo of Zambia in the important qualifying match, the Governor, warned the team not to under rate its opponents since it could jeopardise the squad’s qualification for FIFA soccer mundial in Russia.
“I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I don’t want you to under –rate your opponents. I love the professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put Nigeria at the top of the table.
He commended the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and other stakeholders for their selfless effort in helping the team to achieve success in its campaign in the ongoing FIFA World qualifiers, adding that the team must approach Saturday’s match with determination to excel since their opponents were taking it as a do or die affairs.
“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be
totally focused and play like soldiers.”
Speaking on behalf of the team, Mikel Obi, who thanked the Governor, pledged that the Super Eagles would not disappoint teeming Nigeria’s soccer fans on Saturday.
“We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job.”