Liberian President George Opong Weah has advised urged the Nigerian government to support the Super Eagles with all that they require to ensure that the team win the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup title.
Weah gave the advice at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday in an interview with State House reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that for the team to succeed in Russia, everything that the players need to prosecute the World Cup, including the funds must not be provided for them to be happy and perform their duties, and that no minister should be allowed to pocket players.
“Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money, they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem. When players are going to camp is to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry,” he said.
He said when he was playing in Europe, they did not have to worry about anything when they were in camp.
“The only thing we have to do is to take a shower and prepare for the game, everything is laid down here and so you have no excuse. So, let the players not have excuse, support them and let them go and bring back that cup,” he stated.
Weah described the Nigerian team as a model which all other African players followed.
He said it was a good thing that the new generation of the Nigerian team had qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
He, however, advised the Super Eagles to prepare early so that they could make impact in the Russia 2018 World Cup.
“They are going to represent Africa and we will be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it is possible. But I think the seriousness to go to l World Cup is not to pay players to go, I want every African government to know, if you win World Cup is a pride to Africa is not just to Nigeria, so we must do everything to ensure that the players are not stressed, make sure they concentrate, make sure their incentives are given to them to motivate them,” he said.