Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has allayed fear over the chance of the Super Eagles to do well in the Fifa World Cup, saying that with the morale and physical support for the team, Nigerians would be made proud at the end of the day.
The governor said this as President Muhammadu Buhari included him in the Federal Government Delegation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting in Russia from June 14.
Ambode specifically allayed fears in some quarters over the losing streak suffered by the team in some of the friendly matches played in preparation for the tournament, insisting that the succession of defeats to Atletico Madrid, England and Czech Republic were part of the strategy to understand the areas to concentrate on in having a well-rounded team.
“With our morale and physical support, Nigerians would be made proud and I am sure people should not bother about what they are seeing with the friendly matches; they are supposed to be friendlies and I am sure the team will put all their energy and make Nigeria proud,” Governor Ambode said.
Earlier, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, said the appointment of Ambode was in recognition of the massive investment and commitment to sports development which the Governor had exhibited in the last three years.
While handing over the letter of appointment to the Governor, Dalung said Lagos had been home to sports, and that it was gratifying that Governor Ambode had repositioned sports as a catalyst for development and growth in the State.
“Your Excellency, I want to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved you as one of the members of the Federal Government Delegation that would be leading and representing him and other Nigerians in Russia at the World Cup.
“The President’s approval of you as a member of that delegation is borne out of the conviction that you have been one of the Governors that have invested heavily in sports and also supported Sports.
“Lagos is home to sports and so we are always here. We are always here because of the very friendly environment and a good relationship the Ministry enjoys with the Lagos State Government and the fraternity of the government and people of Lagos is one of the major reasons why we will often visit the Governor when the occasion demands,” Dalung said.