NSC Tips Eagles To Win CHAN

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The Director General, National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye, has expressed confidence that the home-based Super Eagles lifting the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) trophy.

The 2014 CHAN will be hosted this year in South Africa between January 11 and February 1.

Elegbeleye told newsmen in Otukpo, Benue State, that Nigeria, the current African champions, has all it takes to win CHAN.

He said that the quality of players in the team and their coaching crew, led by Stephen Keshi, gave him the confidence that the Eagles would excel in South Africa.

“We have one of the best coaches in Africa today and I have no doubt in my mind that the team is going to win the tournament.

“What gave me the confidence that we are going to win is the length of camping the team had and the quality of players we are going to parade in the tournament,” Elegbeleye said.

He noted that football administrators had mapped out strategies on how to excel in CHAN and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“Well, I don’t see why we should be afraid of anything. We are preparing and I know that anything is possible in football.

“We will know how to progress when the tournament gets underway in Brazil; we are preparing for a serious outing in Brazil,” he added.

The director general expressed the commission’s determination to develop other sports in the country apart from football.

“The commission has shown that it is not only interested in the development of other sports but had also supported them like football.

“For instance, our weightlifters just came back from Malaysia; our wrestlers just came back from South Africa, while our basketball team just came back from Tunisia.

“We are interested in all sports and that is why we are promoting all of them, including physical fitness.

“The commission sponsored all these outings to show that we are interested in all sports, not football alone,” he said.

According to him, the commission is aware that many people tend to support football because it is a more popular game.

Action recorded during the Gokana United Versus Super Eagles friendly match following inauguration of the Gokana Central Stadium, first stadium to be built by a Local Government Council in Nigeria. Photo: Chris Monyanaga
Action recorded during the Gokana United Versus Super Eagles friendly match following inauguration of the Gokana Central Stadium, first stadium to be built by a Local Government Council in Nigeria. Photo: Chris Monyanaga