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Buhari makes video call to boost Super Eagles

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Ahead of the knockout encounter with familiar foes, Tunisia, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday afternoon made a video call to the Nigerian team, urging them to keep the winning momentum.

The video conference took place hours to the Round of 16 match with Tunisia. The encounter gives no room for errors as a winner must emerge.

Speaking to the team from the seat of power, the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, the president, who had the Sports Minister sitting next to him thanked the players and their coaches for doing the nation proud.

His words: “I want to thank you for what you have done for the nation so far. You have to keep winning. Nigerians are proud of you.

“You have demonstrated patriotic zeal and a high level of discipline, determination and commitment in all the games you have played so far and that is why we all are happy with you.

“The Government will continue to support you within available resources at our disposal.”

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The coach, Austin Eguavoen and captain, Ahmed Musa in their responses promised that the team will not rest on their oars but will face their Round of 16 game tonight with the same attitude displayed during the group phase.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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