President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to fight like true soldiers and warriors and do Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by lifting the coveted trophy in Cameroon.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, conveyed the president’s message at a ceremony for the team on Tuesday in Abuja ahead of their departure to Cameroon.
“I bring to you best wishes from the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari. He sends you forth with a clear message of total support and trust in your ability to do Nigeria proud,” the sports minister stated.
On Wednesday, the Eagles will depart Abuja aboard a chartered flight for the football fiesta, which runs from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
Dare, represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, explained that Buhari had pledged the nation’s full support for the team.
According to him, the president believes “this Super Eagles squad” has the skills and talents to excel at the Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Nigerians are fully behind you.”
He appealed to the players to show the Nigerian spirit of determination in their quest for a fourth AFCON trophy.
“We are also appealing to you to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit of determination, focus, resilience, discipline, and conquest on and off the pitch,” urged the minister.
“You have to believe in yourselves, be confident in your own abilities and show trust in your coaches and officials.”
He stressed that as the Eagles carry the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians, the federal government and the entire nation would be behind them.
“Be patriotic, defend the green and white flag of Nigeria, fight for her pride and honour like the true soldiers and warriors that you are,” Dare said.