The Super Eagles have received a massive source of support for the World Cup ambitions from the Nigerian military, as the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has joined a campaign to boost the team’s quest for glory at Russia 2018.
Buratai said during a visit to his office in Abuja by the sports ministry’s support group, Fly Me To Russia Committee, that the Eagles could win the this year’s World Cup if all hands are deck for the team.
He added that the visit by sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung and other members of the committee shows that all Nigerians must rally round to support the Eagles, hence his affirmation that the Nigerian Army is solidly behind the team as well.
Buratai declared: “I must commend the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung for leading the committee to my office. It shows that the need for the Eagles to do well in Russia is every one’s business. The Nigerian Army is solidly behind the Eagles.”
The committee is headed by Nigeria Powerlifting Federation president, Queen Idris, while the members are Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Waidi Akanni, Uche Okowa and James Adole.
Buratai was joined by Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and a leading businessman, Arthur Eze in backing the Eagles to do well at the 2018 World Cup
Fashola called on Nigerians to support the Eagles, as he believes total backing would propel the team to go far in Russia, while Eze also called for support for the national team.
Dalung said the committee had a responsibility of raising funds for the Eagles’ participation at the World Cup and called on corporate organisations and individuals to support the team.
He said: “I must thank the COAS, Fashola and Eze for their support. We are paying courtesy calls on people who can back the Eagles for the World Cup, while those who are yet to be visited are also invited to the fundraising on May 3 at Aso Rock, Abuja.”