Sports
Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo has urged the
Nigeria Football Federation and coaches of the Super Eagles to make the senior
national team competitive and ensure that only the best players represent the
country at all times.
The
minister made this plea on the heels of the recent two-legged friendly matches
put together for the home-based team against Cote d’ Ivoire and Yemen where the
team lost 0-1 to star-studded Cote d’Ivoire in Abu Dhabi  and beat Yemen 2-0 in Dubai.
A
statement from the minister’s SA on Media, Patrick Omorodion said Danagogo
argued that with regular friendly matches for the Team B Eagles, the coaches
would be able to beef up the first team for crucial matches with new players
discovered as the Eagles prepare for the 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers
scheduled to begin after the on-going 2015 edition.
“If
the Team B gets regular friendly matches, the coaches will have a pool of
players to select from to beef up the main team. They have to make the team
competitive so that only the best will represent the country at all times,” he
said, as he commended the NFF for arranging the recent friendly matches.

He
urged Nigerians to continue to support the Super Eagles despite their failure
to qualify for the on-going Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea, adding that he
was sure the NFF and the players have learnt from the mistakes of the past to
make progress in the coming months.

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