by Stanley Azuakola
“Individually, you can fast if you think it will make them win,” said Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday in Abuja during a sitting of the nation’s senate.
He was charging his fellow senators to go spiritual for Nigeria’s national football team, Super Eagles, which goes head to head against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in an African Cup of Nations quarter finals match on Sunday.
Mark’s charge shows the premium placed by Nigerians on the game of soccer. Whether God is interested in deciding football matches or even if he does, whether he’ll be interested in doing so for Mark’s sake is another matter completely.
David Mark said that national pride would be at stake in the game which would hold in South Africa on Sunday and hence the Eagles must play at their best.
He told the Deputy Leader of the Senate who, he said, was the contact person between the Senate and the Super Eagles, to inform them that the prayers of all Nigerians were with them.
“We will pray as hard as we can but they must play as hard as they can because our prayers alone cannot score goals,’’ Mark said.