The President, Jonathan Goodluck, has sent a congratulatory message to members of the Nigerian National team, Super Eagles, for qualifying to play at the next FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil next year.
The Super Eagles beat Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg match played in Calabar on Saturday and qualified on an aggregate score of 4-1 having beaten the Ethiopians 2-1 in a match played in Addis Ababa on the 13th of October.
A penalty from Victor Moses in the first half and a superb free-kick from Victor Obinna in the second half were converted into goals for the Nigerian National team to emerge victorious in the all crucial game.
Writing on his Facebook page, President Jonathan said, “Again, the Super Eagles have demonstrated why they are the Champions of Africa. The match today in Calabar was a master piece of great footballing. This is the sort of team work and synergy that the world has come to expect from not just our football teams, but from the general Nigerian society. With the type of play we witnessed today, the World Cup is within reach. I commend Stephen Keshi for putting together a formidable team and urge all our players not to rest on their oars as we march forward to Brazil next year. All Nigerians can count on this administration to provide every necessary support towards achieving set objectives for the good and greatness of our country. Congratulations to all Nigerians and may God bless Nigeria. GEJ”
The Ivorian national team have also joined Nigeria as one of the teams to represent Africa at the World Cup tournament after playing a 1-1 draw with
Senegal in Casablanca on Saturday. Having secured a 3-1 victory earlier, Cote D’Ivore qualifed with a 4-2 aggregate score.
The remaining qualifying matches will be played across Africa on Sunday, 17th November.