EAGLES RECEIVE CALABAR ROYAL BLESSING
The Paramount Ruler of Qua people in Calabar Municipality, Ndidem (Dr) Ika Ika Qua 11, has assured the national team, that traditional institutions in Calabar, Cross River State and indeed Nigeria are in support of the team for victory in their World Cup qualifier against Namibia on Sunday.
Speaking when a delegation of the Super Eagles led by NFF Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, paid him a curtesy call, Ndidem Qua, said the only thing he is praying for is for clement weather to prevail on match day and assured that the team with the support of traditional rulers will never play any draw or lose in any of its qualifiers in Calabar.
'It's wise that you people have come to seek my royal blessings, because no matter how bad a landlord is, when you are in his house you must pay him homage. We wish the team and its officials well and we are certain that after we have appeased the land victory will surely be ours'.
The 72-year monarch harped on the need for discipline within the team as that is the hallmark of all successful sportsmen and women in history, assuring that he will give the team a trick he used in his playing days as a footballer, when no one was able to score against him from the penalty spot.
The team which had Eagles Coordinator, Emmanuel Attah, Team Psychologist Dr Robinson Okosun, Media Officer, Ben Alaiya and former Eagles goalkeeper, Etta Egbe, had told the ruler that it came to pay obeisance to him, since apart from being a revered royal father, the environ of the UJ Esuene Stadium and the Metropolitan Hotel where the team will play and is camped fall within his dormain.
Ikpeme assured that since the team still has another qualifier against Rwanmda on June 17th in the city, the NFF leadership led by Aminu Maigari, will still pay the traditional ruler, who is still an active golf player at his age a befitting thank you visit.