‘This is not Good Enough’, Pres. Jonathan on the Iran, Nigeria World Cup Match
President Goodluck Jonathan was on Tuesday disappointed with the performance of the Super Eagles following their goalless draw with Iran at the ongoing 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
For a president had invested so much hope on the Super Eagles especially with earlier promises that no expenses would be spared to ensure that members of the nation’s sports teams are properly motivated and rewarded in order to ensure that they attain their best, it was a big disappointment.
President Jonathan, full of expectations, rushed through his business of the day in office and retired home to watch his Eagles demolish the under dog Iranian side. To demonstrate how serious he took the match, President Jonathan invited vice president Namadi Sambo to leave the comfort of his Aguda House residence and join him in savouring the expected victory of the Eagles against the ‘lowly Iran’. The presence of some ministers and other highly placed government officials at the ‘Presidential Viewing Centre’ completed the gathering for the ultimate victory that many Nigerians including the president had anticipated.
But from the blast of the whistle, the sloppy passes, the lack of determination to fight for the ball, the poor shots at goal and the glaring inability to convert chances to goals deflated the high hopes of Nigerians.
According to one of the officials who watched the match with the president, ‘the high spirit that the president brought into watching the match gradually reduced to disbelief that the Iranian team that most football pundits had dismissed as not capable of threatening any of the teams in their group could so casually demystify our Eagles like that”.
For the president, after holding his head in disbelief at some of the near misses and shaking his head at the not too impressive performance of the team, the President neither lost hope nor assured his guests on any wonderful performance. At the end of the match, he reportedly stood up, walked to the Vice President, shook his hand and as father of the nation told him ‘this is not good enough. But it could have been worse. Thank God we got a draw and did not lose. I hope that they would learn their lessons and do better in subsequent games”.
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