President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, says the body has dedicated Super Eagles’ win over Iceland to President Muhammadu Buhari, while restating his position that the team will make impact in Russia.
“NFF dedicates this win to President Muhammadu Buhari for his massive support and the fatherly role he has played to the NFF and the national teams. Our president has created a much-conducive environment for football to thrive.
“I also want to specially appreciate the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and members of the presidential delegation led by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, and the permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Olusade Adesola, as well as, our IOC member, Habu Gumel.”
The NFF supremo also expressed appreciation to senators and House of Rep members, who are in Russia supporting the team, as well as other major stakeholders, including former NFF presidents, general secretaries, Nigeria legends including, Chief Olusegun Odegbami, who gave a stirring pep-talk to the team before the match, former Super Eagles’ coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and other prominent Nigerians who watched the game in Volgograd.
“I appreciate the hard work and passion of my colleagues on the NFF Board over the years, the commitment and loyalty of members of the NFF Congress, the dedication of NFF management and staff, and other stakeholders, including club owners and our army of media representatives, who are here in Russia.
I want to assure everyone that Friday’s win over Iceland only signalled the beginning of great tidings in Russia.”
Ahmed Musa scored twice and rocked the crossbar in a telling second period for Nigeria, as the Eagles leap-frogged Argentina and Iceland to second place in Group D.