Nigeria’s High Commissioner in Cameroon, Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin was on Monday in Garoua, venue of Nigeria’s group matches.
According to a correspondent for Sports Village Square in Cameroon, Olonishakin, a retired army general, met with the Governor of Northern Region of Cameroon which capital is in Garoua.
Olonishakin, a former Chief of Defence Staff also met with the Nigerian community in Garoua to prepare for a comfortable as well as garner support for the Super Eagles who are programmed to play their three group matches in the city which is also the home town of former CAF president, Issa Hayatou.
If the Super Eagles top the group which also have Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau, they will play an additional match there before moving southward as the tournament progresses.
In interview with Sports Village Square correspondent in Garoua, Olonishakin remarked that the reason for his being in the Northern city was to sensitize the people about the Super Eagles and gather support for the team hoping to win the Africa Cup for the fourth time.
He also appreciated the Governor of the Northern Region for the support they have been given to the Nigerian community.
He also checked the facilities and rated them as excellent. He told Sports Village Square correspondent that the Super Eagles have strategies for each of their three group opponents and that no team is being underrated.
“In competitions like this, there is no team that is a pushover. Surprises can be sprung up. So we take each match and each team as they come.
“We are preparing for the Egyptian team as a strong side, the same will be the case for Sudan and Guinea Bissau.”
“I met with the Nigerian community on Sunday and sensitize them on the need to give the Super Eagles a rousing welcome and to supprt the team for all their matches.
“We hope to top the group and play a fourth match in Garou and also move ahead to get into the semi-finals. That means, we are playing about five matches in Garoua”, said Olonishakin.