The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Super Eagles have met to discuss plans on logistics and other activities that can further aid the team towards winning their remaining 2022 Africa Nations Cup qualifying matches against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Sanwo-Olu, who received the full squad led by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick; Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, at the State House Banquet Hall in Marina, Victorial Island at about 8 pm on Wednesday, had a fruitful discussion with the team on their plans.
During the meeting, the governor, who reiterated the administration’s commitment to sports development, charged the team to beat the Squirrels of Benin Republic and Crocodiles of Lesotho in the crucial 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
Sanwo-Olu, who promised to support the team, tasked the technical crew and players to work tirelessly to defeat Benin national team on Saturday at Porto Novo, Benin Capital, and beat Lesotho during their encounter scheduled for Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos next Tuesday.
The governor said that he was very excited that the senior national team is returning to Lagos to play competitive march after 20 years.
He said: “When it was said that we are going to have the match in Lagos, we did not only jump at it, we saw it as an opportunity to rewrite our history again.
According to him, Lagos used to be home for everything around football and sports in this country. Over 80 footballers came out of Lagos. Henry Nwosu, Samson Siasia, Jonathan Akpoborie, Odion Ighalo, and many others were discovered in Lagos.
“We are supporting sporting activities in different parts of Lagos so that we can get younger ones that will be coming behind and after you so that Nigeria can get back her glory; the glory of 1996 when we won the Atlanta Olympic Gold Medal in the football event. It was a glorious time for some of us.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that his administration would build a stadium in Igbogbo and Agboyi-Ketu parts of Lagos, added that his administration will support all the local teams in the State with the necessary infrastructure they need to boost sporting activities.
Responding on behalf of the team, Rohr, who commended the governor for his support for the team and for putting the necessary infrastructure in place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere for next Tuesday match, assured him that his team will win the two matches.
Also speaking, captain of the team, Ahmed Musa, said that the best they could do was to defeat Benin Republic in Porto Novo on Saturday and also win the match against Lesotho in Lagos on Tuesday.
“You are a man of the people. On behalf of myself and my teammates, we thank you. You are a man that promises and fulfills them. The best we can give you is to win the game.
“I think Benin Republic has not lost since 2013 in their home. We will break that by the grace of God and come to Lagos and do our best to win the game against Lesotho,” he said.