Forty years after winning the premier sports contest in Africa, the Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare has hailed the Nigerian national football team.
Sunday 22 March will be 40 years since the epoch-making event that saw Christian Chukwu raising the ‘Unity Cup’ which was being contested for the first time since Ghana had won the earlier trophy for keeps in 1978.
In a press release by the media aides of the minister, Sunday Dare remarked: “We salute the gallantry of the victorious 1980 Nations Cup winning Green for bringing glory and honour to our fatherland.
“Their feat opened a new chapter in the history of Nigerian football and inspired generations of younger players to excel on the field of play.
“They not only arrested the attention of world football, they opened opportunities for others to pursue professional football.
“A big congratulations to all members of that great team for winning the Nations cup for the first time on home soil. Their achievement brings fond memories to us about the never say die Nigerian spirit”