By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
With few weeks to the September 1, Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo, members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club have declared three days weekly fasting for the team to enable them defeat their opponents in the double header clash.
President General of the Club, Dr. Rafiu OLadipo disclosed to New Nigerian Sports on Thursday that the fasting christened ” Operation tame the Lions” will hold Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s of every week prior to the date of the match while there will be three days fasting on the week of the match proper.
” All members of the Supporters club have come to realise that we need serious prayers and some elements of luck to enable the Super Eagles beat Cameroon home and away and that is why we are embarking on the fasting.
” We are all aware that Nigeria failed to qualify for two consecutive AFCON finals and we don’t want that to happen again especially in the World Cup. This prompted members to take the decision because luck and prayers are necessary for us to beat Cameroon in Uyo and at least pick a point in Uyo and qualify for Russia 2018″, he stressed.
He noted that part of the strategies mapped by the club is total mobilization of all members at home and in Cameroon positing that their target is to mobilize 5,000 members who will cheer the Super Eagles to victory even as he appealed to the NFF to ensure they take the welfare of the players serious ahead of the all important cracker.
” We are all aware that every team need some elements of luck to defeat their opponent in a football match and that is why we’ve started mobilising our members both here and in Cameroon and our target is to mobilize about 5,000 supporters for the Super Eagles as they face their opponents in Uyo and Yaounde respectively.
Oladipo while explaining that the club needs between 30-40 million naira to be in Cameroon for the match appealed to corporate Nigeria to help the club financially as they prepare to give the national team maximum support in the double header encounter just as he announced that the club will on Sunday morning embark on road trip to Cotonou to cheer the home based Super Eagles to victory as they confront Squirrels of Benin Republic in the first leg of Kenya 2017 CHAN qualifiers.
“I’m using this opportunity to appeal to corporate organisations to help the club financially as we prepare to storm Uyo and Yaounde for the qualifiers. We need between 30 – 40 million for flight ticket, hotel reservation, feeding, tickets and other logistics for the Cameroon trip and we are appealing to corporate Nigeria to help the club,” he concluded.