WorldStage Newsonline– The government and people of Cross River are now eagerly waiting to host the Super Eagles following Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) approval of U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar as the venue of the national team next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations matches against Namibia and Rwanda respectively.
Mr. Patrick Ugbe, Commissioner for Sport and Youth, commended the NFF for granting the request of the state, promising that all hands would be on deck to in order to play their role as a perfect host to the National team.
“We are delighted with the news confirming Calabar as host of Super Eagles matches against Namibia and Rwanda and we are grateful to the Governor, His Excellency Senator Liyel Imoke for always acceding to our request,” Ugbe said.
“We know that Calabar is home for the Super Eagles because they have been here in the past.
“Our people are passionate about sports and football in particular. The last time Super Eagles came here, they witnessed firsthand the massive support from our fans. It was a case of cheering them from the beginning to the end and I know they are going to enjoy such support again this time.”
Ugbe further explained that the government was creating an enabling environment for the youths in the state by attracting the national teams to play in Calabar as it would enable them to aspire to play for the national teams in the future.
Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Kate Edun, the Chairperson of the State’s chapter of Nigeria and other Sports Supporters Club, noted that the people of Cross River are solidly behind the Super Eagles as they seek a ticket to the forthcoming FIFA World Cup and African Cup of Nations tournaments.