Nigeria will no longer miss a World Cup — Datti Baba-Ahmed

Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party’s (LP) vice presidential candidate, says that if he and Peter Obi are elected in February, their administration will take sports, particularly football, seriously.

Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, were eliminated from the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2022 and did not qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, losing the spot to Ghana.

On Sunday, Baba-Ahmed appeared alongside LP presidential candidate Peter Obi on The People’s Town Hall, a live event organized by Channels Television and its partners.

He stated that Nigeria would win the Nations Cup as well as compete in every World Cup.

“I will plead with Mr President to see that whoever is in charge of sports will see that we move mountains to bring the African Cup to Nigeria. There is no way the World Cup will be played without Nigeria. Nigeria has passed that; it will never happen again by the grace of God,” Baba-Ahmed vowed.

To deliver on the promise of winning the Nations Cup and qualifying for World Cup, the Labour Party vice presidential candidate said his and Obi’s administration would see to it that people who represent Nigeria in sports are never owed salaries and allowances.

“This is entertainment – sport is entertainment – and then we are going to proliferate with infrastructure and [the] reward [will be] coming to the participants.

“Never will salaries or allowances of Nigerian players be delayed by one hour. We will be there to ensure they are compensated, link them with industries and companies and raise their profiles internationally,” Baba-Ahmed added.

 

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