WORLD CUP FOCUS: George Weah backs Nigeria for FIFA glory

WORLD CUP FOCUS: George Weah backs Nigeria for FIFA glory
George Weah

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Mar 07, 2018. 17:00

Liberian president George Weah has urged the Nigerian government to support the national team as they head to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The ex-Lone Stars international visited the West African country and backed the Super Eagles to win the coveted crown in Russia.

Weah paid a visit to president Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday and talked to reporters at the State House.

He described Gernot Rohr’s side as a model which all other African players should follow, saying it was a good thing that the new generation of the team had qualified for the World Cup.

However, he advised the Super Eagles to prepare early so that they could make an impact in Russia.

"They are going to represent Africa and we will be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it is possible,” said Weah to the Daily Trust.

“But I think the seriousness to go to l World Cup is not to pay players to go, I want every African government to know, if you win World Cup is a pride to Africa is not just to Nigeria, so we must do everything to ensure that the players are not stressed, make sure they concentrate, make sure their incentives are given to them to motivate them.

"Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money, they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem.

“When players are going to camp is to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry.”

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