Nigeria’s Sports Minister Solomon Dalong reportedly put a call across to players and officials of the U-23 National Team (Dream Team) after the narrow win over Mali, urging them not to rest on their oars but go all out to secure the Olympics ticket.
The minister in his congratulatory speech commended the boys for being brave warriors to overcome the Mali hurdle, noting that no game is easy and the fact that they could withstand the pressure from the Malians goes to show that they possess the true fighting spirit of Nigerians.
“Let me assure you all that your efforts will not go unnoticed; all I ask of you is to relax, enjoy this moment, then concentrate on your next game, no game is easy, but from the much you have shown against Mali, I know you guys can make it.” Dalong is quoted as saying on the NFF official website.
Responding to the minister’s words of encouragement, head coach of the team Samson Siasia thanked Dalong for finding time to give the team a morale boosting call, while assuring the Minister that the team would not disappoint Nigerians.
Siasia who admitted that his boys were lucky to have escaped with a 3-2 victory over West African rivals Mali used the opportunity to call on all to support the team, saying that they have come this far and cannot afford to falter.
Coach Siasia then urged Nigerians to support the team, as they take on Egypt, and that for him and his boys, it’s one game at a time.