Wike has advised the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to intensify preparations for the World Cup as Nigerians will not accept failure at the Mundial.
Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that exiting the World Cup at the group stage will be unacceptable to Nigerians.
According to Governor Wike: “If you fail to advance beyond the group stage, don’t bother to return. Find excuses to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (r) with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick at the Government House Port Harcourt on Mondaystay there in Russia.
Nigerians expect the best from the Super Eagles. That is why the NFF must intensify preparations.”
Governor Wike urged the management of the NFF to close ranks and work in unity for the development of football in the country.
“There must be disagreements, but these disagreements should be platforms for Development. Disagreements should not destroy the place. It should make NFF stronger “, he said.
The governor said that the State Government is using football as a source of empowerment for the youths.