FIFA VP backs Eagles to fly high in Brazil

MAIGARI 0By Raphael Ekpang

President of the Confederation of Central American and Caribbeans Football Associations (CONCACAF), Mr Jeffrey Webb, on Wednesday expressed belief that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will dazzle the world at the 20th FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Captivated and truly bowled over by the confidence, audacious skills and firmness of the Eagles in the friendly against Mexico at the Georgian Dome, Atlanta, USA, Webb, a FIFA Vice President, left his suite and searched out the FA President of the African champions in
the Nigerian suite.

“I am very much impressed by the skills and confidence of your players. They will definitely do well at the World Cup.

“I was in Johannesburg when you won the Africa Cup of Nations last year and I can see that the team has even improved tremendously, going by the way they are standing up to a top team like Mexico,” Webb said in his brief chat with NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.

Newsdiaryonline recalled that, Webb, from Cayman Islands, was last year tipped by incumbent FIFA President Sepp Blatter to succeed him as world football’s supremo.
The NFF assistant director of media, Ademola Olajire told Newsdiaryonline in a telephone chat from USA on Wednesday that Web was also impressed by the programme the NFF has
laid for the team’s preparation for the biggest showpiece in world football.

“The team will only get better and have greater confidence by playing the likes of Scotland, Greece and USA leading up to the finals in Brazil. I wish you the very best,” said Webb, who also noted that Maigari is a member of “a very powerful FIFA committee” – the FIFA
Players’ Status Committee.

NFF President Aminu Maigari thanked Mr. Webb and assured that the African champions from the most populous black nation on earth will not only seek to do Nigeria and Africa proud in Brazil, but will be carrying the banner of the black world in South America.

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