FG will sup­port Ea­gles achieve World Cup semi-fi­nal tar­get -Dan­a­gogo

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Aminu Maigari By Joshua Odeyemi

Sports Min­is­ter, Dr. Tammy Dan­a­gogo has as­sured that the Federal Govern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan will con­tinue to sup­port the Su­per Ea­gles to reach the semi-fi­nal of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Giv­ing the as­sur­ance when he re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion of the Nigeria Foot­ball Sup­port­ers Club led by its Pres­i­dent Gen­eral World­wide Dr. Rafiu Oladipo in his of­fice, Dan­a­gogo said that Nigeria was blessed at this time to have a Pres­i­dent who is truly in­ter­ested in sports de­vel­op­ment.

He de­scribed sports as a ver­i­ta­ble tool for re­brand­ing Nigeria’s im­age, boost na­tional unity, serve as a bridge builder as well as fos­ter peace­ful co-ex­is­tence in the coun­try.

“When­ever there is a na­tional or in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event, Nige­ri­ans for­get their re­li­gious, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, age, cul­tural di­vide and unite as one to sup­port a com­mon goal be­cause sports re­de­fines what we re­ally are or stand for; a peace lov­ing na­tion”.

The Min­is­ter noted that “with­out the pres­ence of the in­de­fati­ga­ble sup­port­ers club to spur and mo­ti­vate the play­ers to vic­tory, the play­ers would be like or­phans with­out a vir­ile base or sup­port.

Ear­lier, the Pres­i­dent World­wide of the Nigeria Foot­ball Sup­port­ers Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo said the club was at the NSC to con­grat­u­late the Min­is­ter on his ap­point­ment as well as to for­mally wel­come him to “the seat that houses the cra­dle of unity in Nigeria” say­ing that “it is only when the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion takes to the field that Nige­ri­ans come to­gether in unity ir­re­spec­tive of tribe and tongue”.

He stated that the NSC is the only govern­ment in­sti­tu­tion or es­tab­lish­ment that in­spires other coun­tries of the world to think pos­i­tively of the na­tion’s im­age.

Dr. Oladipo said that “the sup­port­ers club will not re­lent in its ef­forts to con­tinue to mo­ti­vate our play­ers and to this end he re­vealed that some­times mem­bers even have to fast and pray for days for the suc­cess of our na­tional teams”.

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