Abuja- Vincent Enyeama, the captain and goalkeeper of the Super Eagles said the team would continue to support the less privileged in the society, especially those in orphanages.
Enyeama made the promise in Abuja when the team donated some food items, toiletries and cash for the upkeep of orphans of the Divine Wounds of Jesus Christ orphanage, Kubwa.
The Eagles captain said the team was prompted to donate the items to ensure that the orphans were well taken care of.
He noted that the education of the kids was important to the team as that was the foundation of their success as footballers.
“We are here to support this kids and your course. We just got to know about it and we said we want to be part of it.
“Personally on behalf of this team, my share of the bonus for the match against Chad will be paid into the orphanage account for education of the kids, to encourage them to push on.
“From time to time, we will continue to assist them in whatever way we can; this is our little token and appreciation from God for the work you are doing,’’ Enyeama said.
Kingsley Ojo, a Junior Secondary School one student of the orphanage who spoke on behalf of others, commended the players for their kind gesture.
“I want to thank you for the privilege to come and visit you; I want to thank you for welcoming us.
“May the good Lord continue to bless you and strengthen you; you will never lack.
“As you accept us in this place, may the good Lord accept you and your families in the mighty name of Jesus,’’ Ojo said.
Charles Ikezemuoka, Director of the home told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the money donated by the players would be judiciously used in the education of the children.
He said “It is exciting for me to see that the Eagles are giving back to the community where they come from.
“It has been a challenge in the education of these children for some time, but with this, we will go very far.
“We are looking to add extra spaces to their accommodation and add more buildings in their school; buy more educational materials and be able to get them qualified teachers.
“We are also looking to expand the school, add more laboratories, libraries and some other things and ensure that they get quality education which the Eagles have demanded for them.
“So, those are the areas we are looking to invest with what they have given to us.’’
Ikezemuoka also said talented ones who were willing to take the part of football would be given the opportunity, saying that their prayer was for the kids to grow and become great.
“So, if they decide to take the line of career of their helpers today, we will be extremely happy to help them too,’’ he said.
The Eagles used the opportunity of the visit of the orphans, to interact with fans who watched their last training session in Abuja, preparatory to the June 13 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Chad.
The team is expected to depart Abuja today for Kaduna, ahead of the encounter, scheduled for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.