CHAN: Dalung, Pinnick urge Eagles to beat Angola

Sports minister Solomon Dalung, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba and President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick have told the Super Eagles to beat Angola in their quarter-final clash at the 2018 African Nations Championship in Tangier, Morocco, on Sunday.

Dalung, Ogba and Pinnick spoke during a visit to the Eagles camp.

Nigeria finished top of Group C and take on Group D runners-up Angola at the Stade Ibn Batouta in the third quarter-final on Sunday.

“I want to appreciate you for all that you have done so far. Nigerians are very happy with you and now we have hope that the future of our football is bright,” Dalung was quoted as telling the team in a statement from the NFF on Friday.

“Our President loves sports and I can tell you that he is waiting to receive you after this tournament must have ended and you have won the trophy. Always remember that you are carrying the hopes and aspirations of 180 million, football-passionate people. So be ready to fight for your country on the pitch and make your people happy.

“Don’t be distracted. Everything you need has been provided as the NFF president has said, so it is now left to you to show that desire and hunger to succeed.”

Pinnick said, “The minister has ensured that we have your (players) money (for bonuses, allowances) for this competition from first game to the final game on February 4, so the ball is now in your court.

“The NFF is very proud of you and what you have done so far. We believe in you. We know you can make history and win this tournament for Nigeria for the first time. Remain focused, determined and disciplined; give your best and even more to make sure this trophy comes to Nigeria.”

Ogba said, “You guys have no reason to be intimidated by any one or any team here. We are giants of Africa and we must show it on the pitch any time we play.

“This NFF leadership takes your welfare as their top priority and that is why we always ensured swift appropriation at the Senate, and the National Assembly generally. Listen to your coaches, be disciplined, be committed and never be afraid or intimidated.”