Super Eagles will qualify for Russia 2018 ―Dalung

Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, is confident that the
Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia
next year.

He stated this while fielding questions from State House
correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on

He assured that the team which takes on the Indomitable
Lions of Cameroon in a double header within the next few days, was in
high spirits.

He said, “Well, as for the level of preparation for Nigeria
and Cameroon match, everything possible has been put in place. Our
players are in high spirit, they are training and they will continue to

“We have invited almost all our best to the camp. We are
expecting nothing less than victory. We have also been able to review
our experiences in the immediate past and we have improved on it.

“So, we expect a win in Uyo and hopefully we expect a win in
Cameroon or a draw at worse. So, I think there is no cause for alarm as
far as our ticket for 2018 Russia is concerned.”

Dalung also commented on the success of the FIBA Afro
Basketball Women Champions, D’Tigress, who were presented to President
Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

He said: “When they were presented to the ministry on
Tuesday, we sought the approval of Mr. President which he graciously
approved to receive them on Wednesday, and indeed they were received in
council and having emerged as champions they are qualified for the
competition in Spain in 2019.

“Although we have athletes who had competed in other sports
and had won laurels for the country, we felt it was economical to
present the basketball team which was handy on ground in view of the
fact that if you look at the components of players, they were mixed with
national players and foreign based.

“So, we got the opportunity handy and had received them and
for those we have not been able to do, we will still do it at the
appropriate time knowing too well that this government is always
committed to receiving an honouring our athletes whenever they make the
country proud.”

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