Rohr,Musa Hails Okowa gesture as Governor promise causes problem in South Africa
er Eagles coach Gernot Rohr and stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa both praised the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa for pledging an incentive of $25,000 for every goal scored in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying cracker against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg,this weekend.
reports Completesportsnigeria.com.The pair admitted the incentive will motivate the team to fire from all cylinders against the team they lost to 17 months ago at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo. “I thank the Delta State Government for their hospitality and for making us feel so comfortable,” Rohr said. “I am so happy because the pitch is in a much better state than the last time I was here.“The Super Eagles will continue to work hard to make all those who have played one role or the other in their progress happy that their investment in the team is not a waste.”Stand-in Captain, Ahmed Musa, said: “We thank His Excellency, Governor Okowa so much for the motivation to us to do well in Johannesburg on Saturday.“We promise that we will return here on Sunday with the victory. We will also do all we can to give the people of Asaba and the generality of Delta State and Nigerians a very good game against Uganda next Tuesday.”
The Governor’s gesture has caused some discomfort in the camp of the Bafana Bafana who are faced with a lot of unfit players.Most South Africans Sports Analysts are urging the Bafana Bafana to do more in ensuring they secure a victory.
However, tickets to Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations showdown between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria at FNB Stadium have been moving at a snail’s pace, with only 7,300 seats having been sold by Tuesday afternoon.
Bafana desperately need bums on seats in this crunch match against the old enemy and face the possibility of being dominated in the stands by Nigeria fans if the ticket sales do not pick up. The Nigerians have a high presence in Johannesburg and surrounding areas and Bafana will need South Africans to show the same urgency they usually display before matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Nigeria needs just one point from Saturday’s encounter at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, outside Johannesburg, to be sure of a slot at the Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon.