President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Super Eagles to make Nigeria proud at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by clinching the highly coveted trophy. The President’s message was conveyed by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare who was represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba at a send forth ceremony held on Tuesday in Abuja.
Dare said, “I bring to you warm greetings and 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.
“Mr. 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.”
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Super Eagles are scheduled to depart Abuja on Wednesday for the football tournament which will hold from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
He added, “We are also appealing to you to demonstrate the Nigerian spirit of determination, focus, resilience, discipline, and conquest on and off the pitch. You have to believe in yourselves, be confident in your 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, be patriotic, defend the green and white flag of Nigeria, fight for her pride and honor like the true soldiers and warriors that you are.”
The Super Eagles are in Group D and they would play their first match against Egypt on January 11, followed by Sudan on January 15 and Guinea Bissau on January 19.