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Taiwo Ogunjobi: Nigeria are playing at home

Posted: 11 June 2010 Time: 09:39

NFF executive committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi says the large population of Nigerians in South Africa are making the team feel at home as they get set to begin their World Cup campaign.

"The players are feeling at home, with the large population of Nigerians here. When we played North Korea in the friendly match at Tembisa on Sunday, it was like we were playing at home. There were more people outside the Stadium than inside. It is encouraging as far as the players are concerned.

"Even South Africans are ready to support our team. It is an African World Cup. And I know so many people will still come from Nigeria to support the Super Eagles at this competition," Ogunjobi stated.

In the past, disciplinary issues have cost Nigeria at major tournaments, but Ogunjobi says the present group have gone past such pettiness.

"The players remain focussed and all they are thinking about is how to do the nation proud and elevate their own names. For this World Cup, I can tell you that the players have shown greater commitment and discipline, and there is more complement of personnel in the different departments of the technical team.

"I also want to say that this team stands a better chance of doing the nation proud. There is huge commitment on the part of the players and technical crew and the Federation has been giving good support. We also appreciate the efforts of the Honourable Minister/Chairman of the National Sports Commission. With all these, I have faith that the Super Eagles can surprise many people here."

Administratively, Ogunjobi says things have improved, "Things are much better in terms of financial and human resources. The present administration has more money now than we had then and there are more experienced and professional persons in the Federation.

"Certainly, a lot has changed. The Government is also more interested in the team's participation in this World Cup than was the case in 2002. Our Mr. President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) is even coming to be part of the opening ceremony and to watch our match! What better morale –booster can you have?"

Nigeria are grouped along with Argentina, South Korea and Greece in Group B and open against the South American giants on Saturday at Ellis Park.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:56 am
You are our brothers, we support you Nigeria!! Lets show the world that Africa is the place to be! Bafana Bafana we are proud of you too!! Ivory Coast we are behind you, Ghana we love you, Algeria we will always be on your side! Phambili ne Africa Phambili
posted: 10:09 am
Thank you i will be there live,Go super eagle,Go africa teems,,I suport you all
posted: 10:10 am
BAFANA BAFANA Will sow world today how africa plays
posted: 10:51 am
he go better fo u o Bongs and sarah. these are the type of comments i like reading on this website , where we Africans unite. Bongs help me tell the bafana bafan that i placed my bet on them so they should not dissapoint me o . Up Africa this World cup shall remain this Year in Africa
posted: 11:01 am
posted: 11:08 am

Naija 4 lyf
posted: 11:38 am
We are all one lets give our support to AFRICA....Lets go peeps...bury al the hatchets now...!/pages/Proudly-Hosting-to-Win-World-Cup/381133410654?ref=ts
posted: 11:41 am
I have never heard or read anything like this ever since I became a Nigerian and started supporting Nigeria's football team... 'What better moral booster can you have'? Having our president to come watch the team??? I will come to Nigeria to vote for you Mr. President for presidency if you decide to run. That is awesome! Come on guys, make us proud!
posted: 11:52 am
i'm really excited at Bongs and Sarah's comments.we are brothers and we've got to stand together as one. I believe Bafana Bafana can go all the way to final if they continue to play together as a team having 12 unbeaten recent record.

As for Nigeria the team needs to play massive defense,massive attack against Argentina.
Secondly,the team just have to be vigilant of all the Maradona's boys tricks.Wishing the team a great success tomorrow.
posted: 01:03 pm
Sarah, u go de where live? Sey u de Souty now? Ok make we mit 2mrw. I go hand u over English text book(lol)
@topic: I blv say SE dey play at home. More than 200K nigerians reside 4 souty. African teams no nid 2 4k up cos SA be like home 4 us and that advantage go count 4 us.
posted: 01:09 pm
With the support from the Government, the fans, and the media, its now left for lars and the players to pay us back the confidence we have reposed on the team. GO EAGLES AND FLY OVER ALL ADVERSARIES

posted: 01:23 pm
SA 3-1 Mexico in Jesus name. I want all the African countries to be in the second round, and from there we'll see what will happen.
posted: 02:03 pm
I pray for BAFANA BAFANA in today's match i believe that their result today will shows us how far African will go in the WC. May the God of soccer be you in this opening match. Naija for live up super Eagles up all Africa in the WC.
posted: 03:38 pm
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