With just a win away from picking the CAF Zone Group B ticket to the Russia 2018 World Cup, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Chief Host of the Super Eagles in the qualifying campaign has cautioned the Nigeria national team not to underrate the Chipolopolo of Zambia who have come calling for a crucial encounter in the series which is expected to seal target for the Super Eagles.
The Governor who met with the team on Wednesday also seized the occasion to redeem his pledge of $10,000 per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the
He called on the three –time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect ‘a handsome reward’ from him.
Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for
every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions,
whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on the first day of September, before earning a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde three days later.
“I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but
I don’t want you to underrate your opponents. I love the
professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since
the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put
Nigeria at the top of the table.
“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the
great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this
position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The
Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be
totally focused and play like soldiers.”
Responding on behalf of the team, Captain Mikel John Obi thanked the
Governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the
Super Eagles will not disappoint on Saturday.
“We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and
good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks
of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We
know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the