Nigerian President, Muhamadu Buhari has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to ensure they return to the country with the Afcon title.
The country’s No.1 citizen made it known through the Sport Minister, Mr Sunday Dare who relayed the message to the players during the send forth organized for the nation’s contingents to Cameroon.
“Mr. President believes this Super Eagles squad has the skills and talents to excel at the AFCON in Cameroon and over 200 million Nigerians are fully behind you.” The Sport Minister began.
“Three times we have been Champions of Africa by winning the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON), that was in 1980, 1994 and 2013, and many other times we have ended as losing finalists and bronze medalists but this time around we want you to strike gold in Cameroon on the 6th of February, 2022 when the tournament’s final match will be played.” He continued.
“We have followed your preparations for this tournament and have seen the challenges that you have faced with the late release from your clubs, the Covid 19 protocols, injuries and other factors, we urge you not to be deterred by these and rather see these obstacles as stepping stones to your success and glory. We are also appealing to you to demonstrate that Nigerian spirit of determination, focus, resilience, discipline and conquest on and off the pitch.”
Dare also urged the players to have self-belief and trust in the coaching crew led by Augustine Eguavoen.
“You have to believe in yourselves, be confident in your own abilities and show trust in your coaches and officials.
As you carry the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians, be assured of the support of the Federal Government.”
The minister finally urged the Eagles to be patriotic and fight like true soldiers:
“Be patriotic, defend the green and white of Nigeria, fight for her pride and honour like the true soldiers and warriors that you are and this nation will
celebrate you further upon your return.” He concluded.
The Super Eagles left Nigeria for Cameroon via chattered flight yesterday night and it has been confirmed they landed safely in Garoua, Cameroon where they’ll take on Cotton Sport, Cameroonian champions in a warm up fixture before the tournament starts.
Nigeria’s first game of the tournament will be against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday January 11.