Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to make Nigeria proud as they confront Benin Republic and Lesotho in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
The Super Eagles will face the national team of Benin on Saturday at Porto Novo and return home for a showdown with Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking during a dinner with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick; Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, technical crew and players, held at Lagos House, Marina on Wednesday evening, Governor Sanwo-Olu, said his administration is committed to improving sports activities in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu also expressed delight that the senior national team is returning to Lagos to play a competitive march after 20 years.
“When it was said that we are going to have the match in Lagos, we did not only jump at it, we saw it as an opportunity to rewrite our history again.
“We are supporting sporting activities in different parts of Lagos so that we can get younger ones that will be coming behind and after you so that Nigeria can get back her glory; the glory of 1996 when we won the Atlanta Olympic Gold Medal in the football event. It was a glorious time for some of us,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Also during the dinner, the governor surprised a member of the Atlanta 1996 Football Gold Medalist, Patrick Pascal by giving him a new three-bedroom apartment in the 360 units Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Housing Estate in Igbogbo, Ikorodu.
“We have here, Patrick Pascal (Super Eagles team coordinator), who was part of the team that won the gold medal in Atlanta 96. Surprisingly, what we promised him as a nation has not been fulfilled, but Lagos will fulfill that today. Patrick will get a three-bedroom flat in Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Housing Estate,” Sanwo-Olu said.
In addition, the governor said his administration would build a stadium in Igbogbo and Agboyi-Ketu parts of Lagos, adding that the government will support all the local teams in the State with necessary infrastructure they need to boost sporting activities.
In response, Gernot Rohr commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for his support for the team and for putting the necessary infrastructure in place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere for next Tuesday match. He also assured the governor that his team will win the two matches.