*Nigeria Will Win Next World Cup -Sports Minister

After a long period of abstinence due to health challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, attended the federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, as he announced a promise of N1 million to each member of the female basketball team.

Buhari equally gave each member of the officials the sum of N500, 000 each

The Nigerian female team also qualifyied for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Buhari’s promise to members of the Nigeria’s female basketball team came on the heels of another promise by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung to Nigerians that the world should expect better performances from the country in all sports beginning from next year.

Dalung, while speaking to newsmen said it was just a matter of time before Nigeria returned to its rightful place among the best in sports.

He said he was confident that Nigeria would soon be reaping the benefits of recent reforms in the national sports federations.

“The current outstanding performances by Nigerian teams in various events point to the fact that the reforms are yielding good results,’’ he said. Reflecting on Nigerian athletes’ performance at the 2017 World Athletics Championships held in London from Aug. 4 to Aug. 13, Dalung said it was not a disappointment.

He said this was because most of the athletes who represented the country were trained at home.

“And, for most of them, they were there in London on their first outing. We all know that to produce a medal material, you need not less than six to eight year of intense training.

And, if you are lucky, after the first four years you can get a bronze medal. “The athletes we took to London are our new prospects in athletics, and we have already sent signals that Nigeria is coming up,’’ the Youth and Sports Minister said.

In the same vein, Dalung, vows that Super Eagles will deliver the 2018 World Cup ticket to Nigerians.

Dalung said the Super Eagles are now well prepared for the world cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon coming up on Friday in Uyo.

“We have prepared very well and the team is in high spirit, ready to do their best. “We want to assure Nigerians that we will definitely make good our promise of delivering the ticket for the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” said the minister.

The Super Eagles will aim to achieve a 12 time triumph over the Lions of Cameroon when both teams meet at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

Nigeria has won 11 of the 19 previous encounters with Cameroon and secured four draws, while Cameroon had beaten the Eagles only four times. The two teams last clashed at the Edmond Machtens Stadium in Brussels in October 2015 when the Eagles won by 3-0 through goals by Efe Ambrose, Moses Simon, and Odion Ighalo.

(NAN)