Akwa Ibom to assist NFF, Super Eagles

The Akwa Ibom State Government said on Monday that it is willing to host all Super Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Aniedi Dickson, state Director of Sports, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo.

Dickson said that though the decision of where the national team would play rest with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the state was willing to host the matches.

“As an Akwa Ibom indigene, I will like all the games to be played here, most especially the qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This is where you get the luck and this is where you get the goals and this is where you get success,” the Director said.

Dickson said the new Super Eagles coached by Gernot Rohr was fantastic and made Nigerians to be happy with their 1-0 win against Tanzania.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the national team defeated Taifa Stars of Tanzania in a ‘dead-rubber’ 2017 AFCON qualifying match played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Saturday.

“The new Super Eagles is fantastic. I was happy that Ogenyi Onazi was brought in, and we all saw the midfield was coordinated.

“I am really excited because at the end of the game, every Nigerian is extremely happy,” he said.

Dickson urged Nigerians to be patient with the new players assembled by Rohr, adding that with time, they would blend and do well.

“I urge everybody to have patience. This is a new team that is yet to really blend. As soon as they are blended, the goals will be coming,” he said.

According to the Director, the score line was poor but the boys played good football.

“As a former professional footballer, I know it is not really very easy for strikers because of the people marking them.

“We saw what our strikers did in the field. We could have scored up to four goals, but the Taifa Stars goalkeeper was very good,” he said.

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