Play with greater passion, Pinnick tells Super Eagles in Yaounde
By Timothy Omobude.
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has called for more passion and commitment from the Super Eagles as they prepare to take on Cameroon again on Monday for a slot on who qualifies, come next year Russia world cup. The Nigerian delegation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match landed in Yaounde on Sunday afternoon.
In a statement released on Sunday, NFF said the Nigerian delegation touched down at the Aeroport Nsimalen-Yaounde at about 1.27 p.m. The NFF president and CAF Executive Committee member charged the players to approach the game with passion and to play with their heart, soul and spirit. Just like what they did in the first leg on the turf of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo when they demolished the reigning African champions, Cameroon four goals to nothing.
He urged the players not to take their feet off the pedal as the race to Russia continues apace on today at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo. He said “the Cameroonians will come at us with everything on Monday knowing they have to get a result and with anger born out of their humiliation in Uyo.
“That is why we cannot afford to relax yet. Today, you must play with even greater passion and show even more spirit than you did in Uyo to come out with result here. “The ticket to Russia from Africa Group B appears to be taking on the green-white-green colour already, but we must not relent. We must fight hard for every ball for the 90 minutes.” said Pinnick.
On board the chartered ARIK Bombadier Jet CRJ 1000 that flew from Uyo and arrived in Yaounde after 55 minutes were 23 players and technical and backroom staff. Also were Pinnick, NFF vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, NFF Executive Committee members Chris Green, Mohammed Alkali, Chidi Ofo Okenwa and Aisha Falode. Some members of the NFF Management led by Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme, Akwa Ibom FA Chairman Emmanuel Iba, and some football stakeholders and representatives of the media were also on board.
They were received on arrival by the Ambassador of Nigeria to Cameroon, Lawal Gashagar and NFF Executive Committee member Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (who was part of a three –man advance party). Consul Olajide Ogunmadeji, Leader of Cameroon’s delegation to Nigeria for the first match Tado Oumarou and some officials of FECAFOOT were also on hand to receive the Nigerian delegation. The Super Eagles and their officials are staying at the Hilton Honors Yaounde.
The match begins at 6pm Nigeria Time.