By Raphael Ekpang
The chairman of the Nigeria Nationwide League, Alhaji Ahmed Kawu has said that the Super
Eagles’ victory against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the first leg of the FIFA world cup qualifying play-off on Sunday was a better sallah gift for the country.
Kawu who is also a board member of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF told Newsdiaryonline Sports that, there couldn’t be any better way to wish the Muslim faithful across the country ‘Barka Da Sallah’ except for the well deserved victory against their hard to crack opponents who deployed every antics in order to record a home victory. He said the victory has proved that the reigning African champions are indeed the champions.
He further noted that, going into Ethiopia and coming out with three maximum points at stake in the face of intimidating crowd; bad pitch as well as the high altitude means 2014 world cup ticket in Brazil has already been secured.
Newsdiaryonline Sports recalls that Fernabache of Turkey hit man, Emmanuel Emenike got a brace in the second stanza of the highly tensed game played at 2pm Nigerian time to send Nigeria a step closer to picking a world cup ticket to Brazil.
However, Kawu enjoined the Muslims all over the country in the spirit of the Sallah celebration to pray for the team not only to qualify for the world’s biggest football showpiece, but to also do well and surpass its previous world cup records
According to him, “Our victory in Addis Ababa was a worthy one, because I can now go to my home town in Kano a celebrate Sallah with all eyes closed. Since the beginning of
qualifiers, the Eagles never lost a game, and I’m sure we are going to use the second leg play-off match for our preparation for the world cup proper in Brazil,” he said.
It could be recalled that the Super Eagles have since 2004 that they lost to Angola in
Luanda remained unbeaten in 27 World Cup qualifying matches; winning eighteen and drawing nine.