The major sponsors of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and official partner of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Globacom, has urged the national team to ensure victory in Wednesday’s World Cup warm-up against Mexico.
Nigeria line up against the El Tricolor of Mexico at the Atlanta Dome stadium, Atlanta, USA.
“For us, the game is more than just a friendly. Our national pride is at stake and we expect the Eagles to exert as much energy and resolve to triumph just as they will do at the World Cup finals,” Globacom said in a statement in Lagos yesterday.
The Nigerian telecommunication giants wants the team to build on their impressive outing in the 2-2 draw with Italy at Craven Cottage last November.
Globacom continued: “We expect the Eagles to consolidate on the momentum achieved at last November’s friendly with Azzuri of Italy by taking this match to the Mexicans.”
Coach Stephen Keshi would want to use the encounter to test the readiness of his squad for this summer showpiece in Brazil.
“As the reigning African champions, the Eagles should use the match to demonstrate their readiness to make the continent proud at the global competition,” the statement added.
The telecommunications company commended the Nigeria Football Federation for its effort at organising Grade ‘A’ games for the national team ahead of the World Cup, saying it would put the Stephen Keshi-tutored side in great shape for the quadrennial event.
Wednesday’s friendly will be followed with another against Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, before the team returns to the USA for a couple of warm-up matches against World Cup-bound Greece and the USA on June 3 and June 7 respectively.
“We are aware of other tune-up games being planned before June and we believe they will make the Eagles battle ready,” Globacom further said.
The game kick off Wednesday 8.30pm in Atlanta; Thursday 2.30am in Nigeria and it’s Live on AIT and SuperSport.