By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The newly appointed Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Jose Peseiro was officially introduced to the Nigerian government on Wednesday ahead of his team’s first competitive game against Sierra Leone.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare during the introduction charged the new Head Coach of Super Eagles, José Santos Peseiro to make the squad a blend of the very best professional players based at home and abroad, saying the Ministry will assist in the rebuilding process by providing a conducive environment for the Portuguese to use his best efforts and endeavour to restore the confidence of football-loving Nigerians and the Government in the Super Eagles.
At a brief but colourful ceremony in Abuja, where the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) formally presented Peseiro to the Government of Nigeria through the Sports Ministry, Dare told the gaffer in no uncertain terms that Nigerians want their National Teams to win every game, even though this is an impossibility in sport. “Whenever the team does not win, it must be clearly seen to have demonstrated high-level commitment, fervour, consistency, and discipline on and off the pitch.
“In order to be able to appreciate the deep love of our people for the game and why they want their team to win all the time, you have to live in our country, enjoy our food, our weather, our hospitality. I want to let you know that the process that produced you was governed by diligence, commitment, and spirit of teamwork, and indeed very thorough. I believe that you will use this opportunity to make a mark by leading the Super Eagles to new heights.” The Minister then told Peseiro to ensure a solid win for the Super Eagles against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Abuja on Thursday, in a Day 1 encounter of the qualification series for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.
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