The much-publicized Super Eagles tie against Bafana Bafana billed for June 10 in Uyo is projected to be a must win as Nigeria and Nigerians look forward to the Nations Cup again. National Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Vincent Okumagba told Safari News in an interview on the current form of the Eagles and the Nation’s chances in the Nations’ Cup and World cup qualifiers. He said the Supporters club is determined to provide the team with their usual massive support asserting that all his members across the nation will hit Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital come Wednesday.
Okumagba who expressed satisfaction with Eagles’ display against Hawks of Togo in Thursday’s friendly in Paris, said the decision to move three days ahead is to enable the supporters club mobilize members and non members alike to ensure massive turn out to ‘ginger’ the Eagles to victory.
He said,”We cannot afford to miss the Nations’ cup again. We will move into Uyo by Wednesday to mobilize everybody, we will be on ground to usher the team into the city and ensure massive turn out so that we can play the role of the 12th player for the Eagles. It is a must win match so are ready to offer the needed support to make that happen.
In a statement, the Club’s PRO has disabused a misinformation making the rounds that’s sponsored by non-progressives to distract people’s attention and interests in supporting and cheering our dealing National Super Eagles” come June 10. He said, “Prince Vincent Okumagba is the only authentic and recognized National Chairman of Nigerian Football Supporters’ Club that’s law abiding and exercise respect for rule of laws having satisfied all requirements by our Electoral Committee. His administration has recorded a violence free milestone even when supporting our local club in their quest for continental glory (Rivers United, FC Ifeanyi Ubah & Rangers International). These group of people making such allegations were nowhere to be found during our patriotic assignments”.
He however reiterated that as part of the Club’s commitment and preparations, “We are ready to work with the Nigeria Police and also other enforcement agencies to ensure a crime free outing on the part of the supporters club. We, the members of Nigeria Football Supporters Club led by Prince Vincent Okumagba (National Chairman) are very delighted with the quality of players and coaching crew of National Team “Super Eagles” as well as their build up preparations towards the African qualifying match against the indomitable Lions of Cameroun.
In his own words, Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung had earlier dismissed submission by South Africa’s new Coach Stuart Baxter that he has never lost to Nigeria and will shock the Eagles at the nest of Champions come June 10.
The minister described the talk as mere body massage aimed at boosting the moral of his boys to put in their best. He said it is normal for technical bench to make comments that can lift the spirit of their boys even if the odds does not favour them.
Dalung however warned him to avoid dwelling on the past. “He probably has not seen the Eagles play under this current dispensation. But of course that is to be expected for technical hands to say things to ginger their teams ahead of important matches”.
“If the Eagles can go to Ndola and win Chipolopolo at home then you can have an idea of what is likely to happen in Uyo come June 10″, he added.
Baxter is making a return as coach of Bafana Bafana after handling the team initially from May 2004 to November 2005.