Brazil 2014: Mark greets Super Eagles ————Urges them to bring glory to Nigeria
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to do the nation proud at the forthcoming Brazil 2014 FIFA world cup fiesta.
Senator Mark in a goodwill message to the Nigerian officials and players as they departed the shores of the nation for the competition yesterday, reminded them that Nigerians are solidly behind them in the quest for glory.
The President of the Senate stressed :” With team spirit and total commitment, there is no team in the World you cannot conquer . I am hopeful that you will do us proud in Brazil.
“As reigning African Champions, the huge responsibility is on us to prove a point that Africans have come of age in the global football tournament. I am optimistic that you know the huge responsibility and be ready to defend your fatherland and indeed the continent”.
Senator Mark counseled the authorities of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and the ministry of sports not to leave anything to chance in order to ensure that the players and officials have no hitches in the prosecution of the championship.
He noted that sports especially football remain potential ingredient for all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation, religion or ethnic leanings to achieve peace and unity.
According to Mark:” It is instructive to note that any time Nigeria is playing. All Of us forget our differences. No religion. No politics and no ethnic consideration. Every one speaks with one tongue; Nigeria, Nigeria and Nigeria. So , if sports would bring the much needed peace and unity, it is only logical that we focus more on sports in all ramifications “.
He praised the Management and officials of the NFF including the Director-General of the Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye , the Chairman of NFF Aminu Maigari as well as Coach Stephen Keshi and his crew and reiterated the need for cooperation in order to achieve more.
The Super Eagles left Abuja on Sunday for the build- up international friendly matches with Scotland and the United States of America before heading to Brazil for the crucial championship .
Paul Mumeh, Chief Press Secretary to the President of the Senate.