Eguavoen, Kanu back Jonathan


Former skippers of the senior national team, Super Eagles, Austin Eguavoen and Nwankwo Kanu were among the prominent retired and active sportsmen and women who trooped out at the Eagle Square on Saturday to drum support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid for re-election on March 28 general elections.
The solidarity rally, which witnessed a huge turnout of retired and serving athletes as well as sports administrators, was preceded by a jogging, physical stretches and light aerobics.
The duo joined compatriot and former skipper Joseph Yobo who led other sportsmen and women including a full squad of the Super Falcons to throw their weight behind the President whom they said had done so much for the development of sports in the country that his re-election would mean another four years of success in the country’s sports.
Some of them who spoke at the rally including former Africa sprint queen Mary Onyeali-Omagbemi and Olympic Taekwondo medalist Chika Chukwumerije said that Jonathan’s love for sports necessitated their support.
Minister of Sports Tammy Danagogo noted that the visionless ‘Change’ the opposition was clamouring for would not be able to achieve a quarter of what President Jonathan has achieved in sports, while the NSC Director General, Gbenga Elegbeleye, enumerated the achievements of Jonathan’s administration which included the 2013 AFCON triumph by the Super Eagles and U-17 World Cup won in United Arab Emirates in 2013 by the Golden Eaglets.


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