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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

Pastor claims he and his 'prayer warriors' can help Nigeria win at World Cup if followers give him $2,000

Tommy Yisa Aika believes he is in a position to help the African side in Russia, but only if he gets some money

Nigeria's players train ahead of Friday's game with Iceland. A pastor has claimed he and his "prayer warriors" can help the side win. Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA
Nigeria's players train ahead of Friday's game with Iceland. A pastor has claimed he and his "prayer warriors" can help the side win. Sergei Ilnitsky / EPA

A pastor in Nigeria has urged his followers to pay him more than US$2,000 (Dh7,300) to unleash a squadron of "prayer warriors" to help the country's footballers secure a World Cup win.

Earlier this week, self-styled prophet Tommy Yisa Aika said that Nigeria lost their opening match to Croatia because God was punishing them for hiring a white coach, Gernot Rohr.

But he now says Nigeria can salvage the situation and become the first African team to win the tournament - as long as fans give him 750,000 naira.

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"What I need is a token 750,000 (naira) to get some spiritual materials and also to give my prayer warriors as honorarium," he said in a television interview, the Daily Post reported.

Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, "so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament".

Nigeria play Iceland on Friday at 7pm in their second Group D game.

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