President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has charged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to restore the country’s integrity as the reigning champions of Africa by beating their Sudanese counterparts in the qualifier match.
Senator Mark in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Paul Mumeh said the Super Eagles needs to step up their game and restore the confidence of Nigerians in their bid to remain African champions.
Receiving the Pinnick Amaju led Executive Board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Gbenga Elegbeleye yesterday; he insisted that only an emphatic win over Sudan would assuage the feelings of Nigerians after the Super Eagles’ woeful outing against Congo.
Senator Mark tasked the new NFF to rise up to the challenge of improving football administration in Nigeria saying “your predecessors did their best but you just have to improve on their records and bring our footfall to an enviable position in the world.”
To achieve this, the Senate President urged the new NFF to develop a system of early preparation for competitions as well as a process of grooming young players to maturity.
According to Mark, “We have all the potentials and talents. We need to tap and harness them.”
Bemoaning the incessant rancour amongst sports administrators he advised the new NFF board to work as a team and carry all stakeholders along in a manner that would give all a sense of belonging.
He harped on the need for transparency and accountability in the administration of football stressing that the rule of law must be sacrosanct.