President Muhammadu Buhari will this morning host Russia 2018 World Cup –bound Super Eagles at the Presidential Villa to a send-forth party before the Eagle’s departure to London for their crucial friendly match against England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaji Melvic Pinnick, disclosed while speaking to newsmen shortly after ‘Wealth Investment Seminar’ organized for the players and officials of the Super Eagles squad at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, yesterday.
He said the president, as the father of the team is excited about their progression to the World Cup and would officially send the team forth before leaving for Russia.
“President is a father to the team. He is excited about the team and he would official send them forth,” he said.
According to today’s session will take place at the Federal Executive Council chambers at 10am, just before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, saying it would be an opportunity for the country’s leader to meet with and wish the team well.
NFF chieftains told thenff.com that Wednesday’s session would take place at the Federal Executive Council chambers at 10am, just before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung will present the country’s ambassadors to President Buhari, hours before they are due to fly to London.
From London, the delegation will fly into Bad Tatzmannsdorf, a city in Austria where they will spend eight days at the world –renowned Avita Resort before flying to Russia. In-between the final camping in Austria, the team will play a final pre-World Cup friendly against the Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium (just outside Vienna) on Wednesday next week.
Speaking on the team readiness for the World Cup in Russia, Pinnick said the players and their handlers are well motivated to do the nation proud in Russia.
“So far we have played four friendly matches and you can see the team spirit. Everybody is happy and I think there is no cause for alarm.
“Everything we are doing is to motivate the team and even talking about their future is motivation and it show that we care about them so that they can bring in their best and enhance our fortune in Russia.
The seminars here today is the first of its kind in the history of Nigeria’s football and the essence was to make them know that they can invest for their future.
“It is not that they are under pressure, but unconsciously they are motivated to do well, and I always tell them that it is 11 vs. 11 and they shouldn’t look at the face of Messi or any player on the other side. Instead they look at the ball, pitch, and their teammate and think what they can do with ball. We talk them a lot.”
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