Organisers of Nigerian Sports Award,(NSA) have lauded The Super Eagles for securing the World Cup ticket after beating Zambia by one goal to nil in a World Cup Qualifier held on Saturday.
It equally commended Aruna Quadri, Nigeria number one Table Tennis champion for winning the ITTF Polish Open.The Nigerian defeated Japan’s Kaii Yoshida after six sets (11-7, 11-13 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 14-12) to become the first African to win an ITTF title outside the continent.
In a statement issued by the management of the award and signed by the executive member of the panel, Kayode Idowu, he expressed delight over the hard won victory even as he commended the coaching crew, the management of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and other sports stakeholders for rallying round the team to secure the ticket.
Similarly, the organiser praised Aruna for putting up outstanding performance at the Open that saw him emerge winner.
Kayode said” It is most gratifying news to hear that Nigeria has eventually qualify to flag the nation’s flag in next year World Cup holding in Russia. For us in NSA, we are most excited about the piece of news. We believe achievement such as this is a clear testimony to the improvement being witnessed in football and other sports in general. We believe it can only get better as we have seen in some other sports. I think commendations should go to all the players for giving everything to earn this most coveted ticket. We must commend the team, the coaching crew for putting up a gallant fight to secure the ticket. They truly deserve all the accolades. If you follow the last few matches, you would notice the level of consistency and skillful display by the national team. The victories over other arch rivals in the group alone are pointers that Nigeria has what it takes to beat any team if there is unity of purpose and drive to succeed. By this feat, it has shown that Nigeria football and sports in general can still get back to its rightful place that we were known for.
While applauding the role of the management of the Nigerian Football Federation and Federal Ministry of Sport on the Super Eagle sterling performance, he tasked them to support the team by starting preparation in earnest to avoid a repeat of our last outing at the World cup.
According to him, with quality friendlies and adequate training, Nigeria has what it takes to surprise the world Cup by being the first African country to win the Cup
He said’ I need to state that we cannot afford to go to sleep now that we have secured the ticket. This is the time to begin preparation for the World cup if we are really concerned about putting upa good showing or winning the World Cup at best.
The management of the award however advised the table tennis federation to lend their support to the tennis sensation as World Cup draws near noting that Quadri needs all the backing to perform excellently.
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