Okocha, Kanu and Ex-Super Eagles players celebrate Tinubu on 70th birthday
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria stars on Saturday, March 19, celebrated Presidential aspirant Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu a former governor of Lagos State celebrated his 70th birthday at Bourdillon with several former Super Eagles players in attendance.
Former Super Eagles players such as Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Rufai, and Victor Ikpeba to name a few were present to honor Tinubu at a special meeting.
At the gathering, the former Super Eagles players presented Tinubu with an award to celebrate the special occasion.
The former Governor of Lagos said: “The beautiful game of football is one sport that unites Nigerians of all walks of life – regardless of their age, status, tribe or religion.
I thanked them for their service to country and they shared with me, their plans towards the novelty football match being organised to celebrate my birthday in a few days. We also spoke extensively about Nigeria’s upcoming qualifiers for the World Cup at Qatar.
Together, we will soar like eagles. That’s my prayer for Nigeria
A statement by the team of the Presidential aspirant said, “Asiwaju for President 2023: Presentation of Award by Ex-Super Eagles and Kanu Heart Foundation to Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu at Bourdillon earlier today.
Lauding Tinubu particularly for his achievements in Lagos, Okocha said the former Lagos governor is the reason he usually calls Lagos home.
Nwankwo, who instituted the Kanu Heart Foundation, disclosed that the first seed money for that initiative was donated by Tinubu in 2002.
“Without that money, there wouldn’t have been Kanu Foundation to perform the heart surgeries that have saved many lives,” he said.
Pastor Taribo West prayed that Nigeria be blessed with more kind-hearted people like Asiwaju while wishing him well in the presidential race.
Mentioning their names one by one with their nicknames while playing for the country, Tinubu thanked them for their exploits on the field of play, for putting smiles on the faces of many and for helping to put Nigeria’s name on the global map.
He said the former players gave Nigerians a sense of immense pride and a source of inspiration, particularly the young ones.
Tinubu said together the former players reflected the spirit of unbreakable team.
He used the opportunity to seek the support of the players for his presidential ambition, saying he has a vision and the competence and ability to implement that vision.
Among the ex-Super Eagles that visited him were Julius Aghahowa, Victor Agali, Garba Lawal and Duke Udi.
“Join us tomorrow by 2pm at Onikan stadium for novelty match in honor of Asiwaju at 70.”
The former Super Eagles players will continue their celebration of Tinubu when they take part in a novelty game for his birthday scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 2022.