By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja
Th e Youth and Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung has attributed the qualifi cation of the Super Eagles for the 2018 Russia World Cup to hard work, determination and sacrifi ce by all stakeholders involved in the process.
Barrister Dalung made the remark while heaping encomiums on the Super Eagles after they defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo to clinch Africa’s fi rst ticket to the 2018 World Cup.
Th e Minister thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his consistency in releasing intervention funds for the team during the qualifi cation campaign whenever he was called upon.
“Without the benevolence of President Muhammadu Buhari, it wouldn’t have been easy for us to achieve this huge success.
He always gave approvals and releases for intervention funds whenever we called upon him for assistance.
We are happy that another milestone has been recorded under the President Buhari administration.
” Dalung who was in company of his Works, Housing and Power counterpart, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) who represented the President at the match said the manner in which the qualifi ers were prosecuted without unnecessary drama or calculations associated with Super Eagles’ qualifi cation matches in the past is worthy of commendation.
With the world cup qualifi cation already secured despite still having a game against Algeria in November, Dalung said attention must now be shifted to the 2019 AFCON qualifi cation campaign.