Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare, has charged the newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Paseiro, to lead the rebuilding of a new, strong and formidable senior national team for Nigeria.
Paseiro who began his reign with two defeats in back to back friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador will lead the Eagles in two crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and São Tomé and Príncipe on Thursday and Monday, respectively.
The Portuguese gaffer was officially received at the minister’s Conference Room on Wednesday.
Dare assured that the coach and his new crew will enjoy the support of the ministry through the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure the team succeeds during his time in charge of the Super Eagles.
Dare said “for us as a ministry and the NFF, the message we want to pass emphatically to the new coach, is that this is the start of the rebuilding process. Nigeria is a football-loving nation, they love the Super Eagles and they love to win every game, even though it’s impossible. Whether it is friendly or a competitive game. Let there be consistency and discipline in our team, on and off the pitch, because it’s a critical criteria for success”
“Nigerians would want to see the hunger, aggressiveness, and the commitment in the team that you lead. If you lose, it should be done gallantly with a spirited fight. You must restore the confidence of Nigerians in the Super Eagles”, Dare added