Members of the Super Eagles were in good mood on Wednesday night when the Lagos State government hosted them to a dinner at the State House, Marina.
Apart from the sumptuous dinner served by the state, the players, their officials, and some members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were given a taste of what awaits them should they make Lagos their new home.
An excited Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by members of his executive council, reminisced on the glorious days of the national teams at the Sports City and promised to continue to build facilities that would bring back the glory days of Nigerian sports.
Sanwo-Olu reminded the Super Eagles of the effect their successes and failures have on Nigerians and charged them to go to Benin Republic to make Nigerians proud.
He said: “We want you to win in Porto Novo and come back to a rousing reception.
“We decided to take you through the blue seas of Lagos to show you the beauty in our state. We want Lagos to be our own Miami, where rivers play big roles in the lives of the people.”
One of the chief beneficiaries of Wednesday’s reception for the Super Eagles is the team’s camp commandant, Patrick Pascal, a member of the 1996 Olympics gold medal-winning team, who was promised a three-bedroom flat in a new estate in Ikorodu by the governor for his services to the country.“We are building new estates in Ikorodu and part of the infrastructures in the community are two new stadium that will serve the needs of the youths there. These will be ready before the completion of our first term,” the governor said. (Guardian)