Chairman, Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) Vincent Okumagba has called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to assist the body financially to enable it send a large contingent of its members to Morocco to cheer the home-based Super Eagles at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
In a chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, Okumagba acknowledged the support of the Sports Ministry during the last CHAN in Rwanda, and like Oliver Twist, asked for more.
“For the Supporters Club, definitely we are going to be there (in Morocco) but funding is an issue right now,” he disclosed.
“The last edition that we attended (Rwanda 2016), the Honourable Minister (Solomon Dalung) assisted the Supporters Club to be there. And for this one, we also ran to him and promises have been made. We want to believe that before the commencement of the tournament on 13 January, something will happen.
Okumagba also revealed that the vociferous Supporters Club is planning to storm Morocco with a strong 70-man delegation.
“We are planning; we have submitted about 70 names to the Moroccan Embassy for visas, and I want to believe that in a couple of days, the visas should be out, because everything that was needed for those visas to be processed had been done.
“So we are very hopeful that visas will be issued while we put the other preparations in top gear to ensure that our members are able to travel to Morocco for the tournament.”
Nigeria will face Rwanda in her opening Group C tie on Monday, 15 January in Tangier before confronting 2014 Champions, Libya, four days later at the same venue. The home Eagles will wrap up the group phase with a game against Equatorial Guinea in Agadir on 23 January.