As the Super Eagles file out in their first match against Burundi this Saturday, in the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has charged the players to play every match for the honour of motherland.
In a statement signed by Chief Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media, the president urged them to lift the flag of Nigeria high, and reinforce the reputation of the country as football powerhouse on the continent.
“I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians would also do. You have our solid support, and we will cheer you to victory,” President Buhari said.
He noted that football is a strong unifying force for Nigerians, and urged the Super Eagles to provide a soothing balm to the many challenges facing the country, which the government is confronting with everything at its disposal.
“Nigerians are known for their unconquerable spirit. Show this in the group stages, and even beyond. Nothing but lifting of the diadem is good enough for our country,” President Buhari stated.
He also enjoined the Super Eagles to be mindful of fair play, and sportsmanlike conduct, as they strive to return home with the AFCON trophy.