By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
With few weeks to the commencement of Russia 2018 World Cup, the founder and spiritual leader of NRI Evangelical and Spiritual Church Lagos, Primate Babatude Elijah Ayodele has carpeted the leadership qualities of Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, saying he will not lead Nigeria to glory at the Mundial even as he described those thinking of Nigeria surpassing their second round record at the World Cup as pretenders.
Primate Ayodele made the disclosure when he visited the national headquarters of Nigeria Football Supporters Club to wish them well as they put finishing touches to their preparation to travel to Russia in June to support the national team.
According to the Man of God, whose predictions in the past has come to pass. Mikel presently is not in top form and his leadership qualities has gone down and many Nigerians will be surprised that he will not be the good skipper required for a World Cup team.
” I want to tell Nigerians that unless the right things are done, which includes both administrative and technical improvement, the country will have a woeful performance in Russia.
” It is true that Nigerians are already thinking of surpassing our previous records at the World Cup but they will be out for a surprise because the right things have not been done and even the captain of the team, Mikel Obi cannot lead the team to glory’.he explained.
Primate Ayodele also faulted the new jersey of the Super Eagles,advising that the national team should go back to the traditional Green, White, Green of the team which has some elements of luck with it.
On his visit to the Supporters club, he stated that it was part of his own contribution to encourage members of the club who spend their time and money to support the national team and commended the President General of the Club, Dr.Rafiu Ladipo for his relentless efforts at making the club the best of it’s kind in the continent.
“My visit to the Supporters Club was to encourage them and contribute my little quota towards their trip to Russia. The club is unique because over the years, they have dedicated their time and use their resources to support the national team wherever they are playing and such patriotic men and women need our support”.he stressed.
The primate while announcing that he will organise a prayer session with .members of the club before they embark on the Russian trip appealed to the Federal Government to consider giving a national award to Ladipo for his services to the national through the club.
Earlier in his speech while welcoming the Primate to the club’s headquarters commended him and his church for not only identifying with the club but for his philanthropy which he described as second to none just as he appealed to corporate and religious organisations to partner with the club as they prepare to storm Russia in their hundreds to support the Super Eagles to victory at the Mundial.