President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Super Eagles to do Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations by bringing the trophy back to Nigeria.
Buhari’s message was passed down by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, at a ‘send forth’ ceremony for the team on Tuesday in Abuja ahead of their departure to Cameroon.
The Super Eagles are expected to depart Abuja on Wednesday aboard a chartered flight for the football fiesta which runs from January 9 to February 6.
Clem Agba, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning delivered Buhari’s message on behalf of Sunday Dare.
“I bring to you very 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,” Dare said.
The Minister charged them to be focused and determine on and off the pitch.
“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 honour like the true soldiers and warriors that you are,” he added.
The Eagles are in Group D alongside Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau.