ABIOLA DIED PLAYING FOR NIGERIA-KALU.
As Stephen Keshi leads the Eagles against Namibia tomorrow,former Abia state governor Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu wants the team to win in remembrance of Africa's first Pillar of Sports Chief Moshood Abiola.
Kalu who declared that Abiola died playing for the country reminded the Eagles of the man's contributions to the development of sports.
He said,"playing on June 12,the day Nigerians are celebrating Abiola should ginger the national team.Victory in Namibia should be part of the party.Abiola did so much for sports that i believe he died playing for Nigeria.There is no trophy greater than democracy which June 12 symbolises."
The former governor prayed the Federal Government to name the Abuja National Stadium after the Bashorun since the renaming of the University of Lagos had gone beyond politics.
"Abiola was the man who travelled round the world in 1992,from Canada to South Korea,looking for a model for a new Sportscity.The Presidential delegation included such equally great Nigerians as Chief Molade Okoya Thomas,late Chief Wole Adeosun,Alhaji Kola Balogun and a host of others.Abiola bankrolled the entire trip, and their arrival coincided with the European visit of then governor Segun Osoba of Ogun state.When they met at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport,CAF President Issa Hayatou was also visiting.I would want President Goodluck Jonathan to name the Abuja stadium after Abiola,nobody will go to court over that," Kalu explained.
Extolling Abiola's virtues,Kalu recalled an incident that happened in 1987."It was a Mandela Cup tie between Nchanga Rangers,Zambia and Abiola Babes.Everything was done to frustrte the Nigerians.Abiola arrived Lusaka,chartered a bus, and drove the squad to the Copperbelt,risking bad road and nightfall.At the end,a 1-1 draw was good enough for his team.Not many could do that."