An ex international football star and now the President of Liberia, George Weah, has offered pieces of advice on how the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, can win the 2018 world cup in Russia to make Africa proud.
President Weah, who answered reporters’ questions today, Monday, shortly after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria, said that the players must not be stressed in any form.
The ex international turned big time politician, hoped that the players will prepare very early because 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 the World Cup is not to pay players to go. I want every African government to know, if you win World Cup it is a pride to Africa, 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.
“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, it is for them to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry.
“Remember I played in European setting. When we go to camp, we have nothing to do. 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.” [myad]