Nigeria’s ex-international and former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed gratitude to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the Legend’s Award given to the Super Eagles 1994 squad.
Oliseh said that words could not explain how happy he was for the recognition and urged other sports federations to emulate the NFF by honouring the nation’s sports heroes.
He told the filled hall at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos venue: “Indeed it is a great one for me and my teammates, those of us alive; we are very proud and it is also a moment to reflect on those who have passed on.
“We say a big thank you to the leadership of the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick, we really appreciate the gesture because it would go a long way to encourage others coming behind.
“Looking back at what the squad and what we achieved in 1994 at the Nations Cup, at the World Cup, also at the 1995 Afro/Asian Cup. Indeed, we cannot but ask for all those things that can crown our joy.
“We want a situation where a street in Nigeria be named after the Super Eagles 1994 squad just to acknowledge our achievements and spur others to continue to do well.”
Oliseh added that more could be done for sports men who had worn the national team colours, especially those who brought glory to the country.
He insisted he was not asking for money but immortalization such as the stadium named after the late Stephen Keshi in Delta. He suggested that streets could be named after the team.
Similarly, Omoyeni Yekini, the daughter to the late Rashidi Yekini whose father scored Nigeria’s World Cup goal, expressed gratitude over the award.
“It is a thing of joy for me and I really want to say thank you for the support because indeed if feels good to be recognised even after a long time.
“The NFF has not turned its back on our family, we thank God for them and other teammates of my dad.
“Indeed, it is a wonderful moment for us,” she said.
The glamorous NFF awards, which held at the prestigious Eko Hotels and Suites on Victoria Island on Monday night, saw Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa, winning the best male player of the year.
Musa defeated his Super Eagles team mates, Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi, while Onome Ebi of the Super Falcons won the best female player of the year award.
In other awards of the night, Super Falcons won team of the season, Kano Pillars football fans were given fans of the season, while Akwa United won the fair play team of the season.
The Head Coach of Enugu Rangers, Gbenga Ogunbote, and Super Falcons Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby, won male and female coaches of the year award.
The best young male and female players award went to Super Eagles player, Samuel Chikwueze and Super Falcons player, Anam Imoh, respectively.
Merit awards went to Senegalese Fatma Samoura, the current FIFA Secretary General who was at the forum.
She was honoured for her exceptional leadership qualities in repositioning FIFA.
Outgoing Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, won the lifetime award while the presidential award was given to late sports pillar and business tycoon, Moshood Abiola. (NAN)