Sports Minister to Jose Peseiro: ‘Country thirsty for AFCON 2024’

Sports Minister to Jose Peseiro: ‘Country thirsty for AFCON 2024’
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As AFCON 2024 draws closer, Nigeria Sports Minister Senator John Owan Enoh on Wednesday, 6 December held an important meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the senior national team coach Jose Peseiro.

The strategic meeting was held at the minister’s office in Abuja and was aimed at discussions centered towards planning and preparations for AFCON 2024 which will commence next month in Ivory Coast.

Senator Enoh during the session with Nigerian football stakeholders reiterated government’s unwavering support for Nigerian national teams and emphasised the significance of proper planning and in-depth preparations to push the Super Eagles to victory at the AFCON.

Senator Enoh's take on Nigerian football and AFCON 2024

“Our country is so passionate about football, such that amidst all other sports, football is about the only sport that has an entry in the nation's national budget,” Said Senator Enoh.

“That is how important football is because whatever happens to it, happens to us as a country,” the minister continued.

“After 10 years, the country is thirsty to win the AFCON. It will matter a great deal to the Nigerian people, and the Government of President Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. It is important to not just leave the task to the NFF alone, but the Government is also interested in being able to tell the Nigerian people what is being done in that regard.” He added.

Minister Enoh also said that the AFCON presents an important opportunity for the Eagles to showcase their strength and resilience on the continental stage.

The meeting backed the ministry’s commitment to providing all necessary support and resources to ensure Super Eagles preparedness for the tournament.

NFF president's AFCON 2024 assurances

Also speaking at the meeting, the NFF president, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, assured Nigerians that there is no need to panic, as all hands are on deck, working tirelessly round the clock, to ensure the national team flies high at the AFCON in Ivory Coast.

Jose Peseiro, Super Eagles coach
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Peseiro, the Super Eagles coach conveyed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts of the minister and the NFF and reiterated his commitment towards steering the Nigerian national team to excellence in next month's competition.

He highlighted the significance of robust preparation and emphasized that the technical crew would work with the players to sort out gray areas and bring joy to Nigerians.

The NFF delegation at the meeting included 1st Vice President, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Technical Director, Augustine Eguaveon, Chairman, Technical Committee, Sharif Inuwa and Director of international competitions, Dayo Enebi.

Nigeria was drawn in Group A where they will face hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea Bissau for a place in the knockout stage.

Nigerian football fans look forward to seeing the team have a great tournament as they did in South Africa, 2013 when the Super Eagles led by coach Stephen Keshi, of blessed memory, won the AFCON last for Nigeria.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.