By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko and some other Members of the NFF Board, NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi and other Members of the NFF Management were in buoyant mood as they joined the players in celebration following Nigeria’s qualifi cation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup fi nals on Saturday.
Pinnick, also a member of the Executive Committee of CAF, was thrown up in the air by Super Eagles’ players as the spontaneous celebrations at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium became elaborate.
Th e same treatment was given to Coach Gernot Rohr, the 64 –year old FrancoGerman who was employed in August last year and has lost only one of 10 matches, winning six; NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and; Captain Mikel Obi and playmaker Victor Moses.
Th e Eagles unfurled two large banners with messages: ‘We are Eagles; We are fl ying to Russia’ and ‘Th ank You Uyo’, to the delight of the cheering, 35,000 -capacity crowd.
Th ey also wore specially –designed T-Shirts conveying the same message.
Pinnick said, “I am short of words.
Let me just say that I am very, very happy.
Th is is the sixth time Nigeria is qualifying for the World Cup, but this one is very sweet because many referred to our section as a ‘Group of Death’.
We have survived.
We give glory to God.
” An equally joyous Sanusi said: “We are excited and as this Board has continued to promise, it is not just about qualifi cation, we will ensure the best preparation for the team to set a new record of performance for Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup when they go to Russia next year.