By Abiodun Esan
Ilorin – Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called on the Super Eagles to commence preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled for June in Russia in earnest.
A statement by Ahmed’s Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, disclosed that the governor on Sunday in Ilorin also congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
According to it, Ahmed said Eagles’ qualification has once more demonstrated the nation’s strength in football, which made Nigeria the first African country to qualify for the tournament in Russia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Eagles qualified for their 6th World Cup appearance with a match to spare after beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo on Saturday.
Gov. Ahmed commended the players for their doggedness and determination to fly Nigeria’s flag at the competition.
“The Super Eagles should commence preparations for the World Cup immediately, so that Nigeria won’t just make up the number at the biggest football fiesta, but further make Africa proud,” he added.
The governor however urged the Federal Government to monitor strictly the team’s preparation for the World Cup because of the unity sports generally brings to Nigerians.
He also promised to further make the state enabling for sports development.
Ahmed pledged to renovate the state’s indoor sports hall to world standard before the end of his tenure.