President Muhammadu Buhari has joined sports loving Nigerians in wishing a former goal keeper of the nation’s senior national football team, the Green Eagles (now Super Eagles) happy birthday as he clocked 70 on Monday.
Buhari’s wishes are contained in statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina on Monday.
In it, the president eulogized the qualities of the former Rangers International keeper, saying he remains one of the best in the world.
“As a goalkeeper for the senior national football team in his prime, President Buhari recalls that Okala represented the best of Nigerian talent and dexterity.
“The President thanks the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations Winner for inspiring many with his brand of patriotism and dedication to duty each time he donned the national colours on duty.
“The President believes that Okala is worthy of honour and celebration as a coach and mentor who has helped many footballers succeed in their chosen careers.”