The President of Nigeria has task the Super Eagle of Nigeria to perform beyond the world’s expectations in the coming World cup that will kick off in Russia.
He advised the players to maintain the brilliant performance during the qualifier and the friendly they played in 2017.
The President message was convoyed to the State house correspondents after a meeting was held with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung.
However, the Minister did not say the minimum stage that was set for the Super Eagle to reach during the World cup.
He said, ” The President encouraged me to, in 2018, sustain the tempo of success recorded in 2017 especially with the World cup in Russia.
“He challenged me to ensure that Nigeria does not go to Russia as a mere spectator.”
Dalung said that he told the President that one of the strategies put in place by his ministry to attain success is to make sure that by March all Super Eagle’s players are paid their training, match and camp allowances while their bonuses will be in term of their progress in the World cup.
ON HOW PREPARED THE COUNTRY IS
Dalung said, ” For the world cup, apart from the friendlies we have now, I think we have line up so many friendlies to play with countries participating in the World cup and and high ranking countries that did not make the World cup, so as to strengthen our preparations.”
He also disclosed that the approved budget has not been released.
“The difference we have in budgetery allocations this year is that the budget is funded by the government, private sector and the federation. The era where government alone will fund such competition is no more acceptable.
” There are grants released by organizers to complement efforts of the government, this must be declared and included in the budget. And then monies realised from sponsorships and marketing will also have to be declared to constitute the budget that will be declared for the world cup.
“So we have a round figure that has been budgeted which is #3 billion but Nigeria Football Federation will raise about #1.5 billion from what we are getting from FIFA and corporate Nigeria, the private sector.
” Government is espected to turn in #2 billion ir #1.5 billion for the competition.” He said.
The Minister said they are waiting for the 2018 budget which is before the National Assembly.
He also said Nigeria record success in 2017 with the nation having her best outing.
He said the development help the nation in winning medals in almost all the competition.
He said, “I briefed him ( The President) about our plans for 2018 because it is a sport year right from February to August, there will be bi dull moment.
We wish super Eagle best of luck.