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Dalung: Eagles Must Be ‘Business-Like’ Against All AFCON 2019 Opponents

Dalung: Eagles Must Be ‘Business-Like’ Against All AFCON 2019 Opponents

Nigerian Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has warned the Super Eagles not to underrate their Group B opponents when the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in June in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.

Reacting to Friday’s draw in Cairo which pitted Nigeria against Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi in Group D, Dalung told Completesports.com that the draw looked favourable to the Super Eagles on paper, but could turn out to a banana peel if not properly managed.


“The draw looks good for the Super Eagles, but I want to warn the team not to take things for granted because the game is all about surprises,” Dalung said.

“The Eagles must play every game with seriousness and passion required for such games. Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi may turn out to be the surprise packages of AFCON.

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“The Eagles must play every opponent with the same zeal and commitment required by a team desirous of winning the AFCON. The Eagles can win all their matches in the group if their approach is business-like.”

He added: “There is no longer minnows in football in Africa, and for Eagles to win, they must go all out and win every game they play. I think the boys can win the cup if they do the right things”

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

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  • Pinnick, Akinwumi & co, please and please make sure this man is far away from the team & does not have anything to do with our Afcon campaign in Egypt. Everyone has enjoyed his silence all this while.

    Since his Oga doesn’t seem to know there’s something called staff appraisal/review and recommendation whether to retain or sack after a while, some of us will pretend like we don’t have a sports minister presently rather than have someone acting like a bull in a china shop all the time.

    Oga Dalung, most people don’t care about your opinions. You can keep them to yourself. They don’t matter. Stay off please. I don’t think you were ever a football or sports person. Thank you.

  • Shege luzzy 2 years ago

    Ohhhh.what a bad omen.this dalung has come from the abyss again to associate with success.can Dalung just shut up and get lost. U never meant well for our football and leopards as we know never shed their spots

  • I sincerely hope that Dalung will be relieved of his post come May 29th. One of the worst sports ministers ever and has not lifted a finger to help Nigerian football. Rather he has been a divisive and meddling figure,impeding our football and catching it up in a web of politics.

    The one good thing I can say is, because of his vindictive and obstructive way, Nigerian football has had to get sponsors and not rely on govt handouts. The way football should be.
    Back to my first point though, the ministerial cabinet that will be formed after the inauguration should not include him. He has to lose his job and I hope the ewministers are chosen quicker than they were last time