ABUJA – ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo on Friday urged the three teams representing the Sub-region at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to excel.
The ECOWAS representatives at the World Cup are Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.
A statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Sunny Ugoh, said in Abuja that the commission’s president tasked the teams to surpass the quarter-finals record of African teams at the Mundial.
The statement said that Ouédraogo in a goodwill message to Africa’s five representatives encouraged “Team ECOWAS” to aspire for excellence through professionalism.
He charged them to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship and do the continent proud.
The statement assured the teams that the entire community and its more than 350 million people were solidly behind them as they fly the region’s and Africa’s flags in Brazil.
The statement also said that Ouédraogo wished Cameroon and Algeria, the two other Africa representatives, good luck at the Mundial.
“With hard work, discipline and dedication, African flag bearers could bring the coveted trophy to the African soil for the first time in the World Cup history,’’ it quoted Ouédraogo as saying.
The World Cup kicked off on Thursday with 32 nations participating. (NAN)