Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari said on Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan will watch the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), if the Eagles qualified.
Jonathan had said last year that he would want to be at the closing ceremonies of the 2013 AFCON at the National Stadium, if the Super Eagles would make it to the finals.
Following the steady progress from the group stage to Sunday’s 2-1 elimination of pre-tournament favourites, Cote d’Ivoire, the Super Eagles are only a leg away from fulfilling the president’s desire.
"I have just spoken to the head coach, Stephen Keshi and the captain, Joseph Yobo and they have assured me that they will strive to fulfill Mr President’s desire.
"It is rare to have this kind of support from a head of state.
"On our part, the NFF has motivated the team enough to do Mr president and the nation proud by not only winning Wednesday’s tie, but lifting the trophy on Sunday," Magiari said.
He said that Jonathan also spoke to Keshi and the players on Tuesday and reiterated his desire to be at the closing ceremonies on Sunday.
The Nigeria High Commissioner to South Africa, Sonni Yusuf, has also expressed the sentiments of the president to be physically present at the finals of the 2013 AFCON, if the Eagles would make the finals.
"The President watched you and was excited that you showed the true Nigerian character and his private secretary just called to say you should just fulfill your own part of the bargain and leave the rest to Mr President.
"With what we have seen of your performance in this tournament, we are sure you will not disappoint," Yusuf added.