Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
Former Super Eagles left full-back, Ifeanyi Udeze, popularly called ‘Ajegunle’ has applauded the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, led by Amaju Pinnick, for the laudable plans put in place for the Eagles’ transportation to the venue of the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Udeze was marveled by the Pinnick-led board’s magnanimity in securing a private jet that would move the Gernot Rohr-tutored Eagles team to Russia from London after the grade A friendly international against the Three Lions of England, slated for the Wembley Stadium on June 2.
He said: “The leadership of the NFF have implemented brilliant ideas in ensuring the team prepare adequately for the World Cup with the flight arrangement the latest step taken by the Amaju Pinnick led board. I commend the Nigeria Football Federation for this wonderful idea. They have done several things to ensure that the players perform well at the World Cup.”
The former Bendel Insurance FC of Benin defender added: “You cannot play good football if you’re not happy. That’s why European clubs provide good comfort so that you play well and don’t blame it on anybody when you’re not performing but yourself. For the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, the Super Eagles team coached by Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, boarded regular commercial flight in batches to the World Cup venue. Imagine private jet for the Super Eagles to London and then to Russia. Amaju Pinnick and his board members have done very well.”
After the high profile friendly against England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2, the Eagles will battle against the Czech Republic on June 6.