President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday celebrated the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The Eagles drew 1-1 with Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday to qualify for the finals.
The President thanked the team for “their spirited and disciplined performance” against the South Africans, whom he described as “formidable”. Buhari observed that with the draw against South Africa, the last match against Seychelles would be a formality.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja, the President called on other Nigerians to emulate the patriotism exhibited by the Eagles.
The statement reads, “The President joins millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against a very formidable opponent, which earned them qualification with the final match against Seychelles a mere formality.
“Having keenly followed the senior national football team’s progress in the qualifying stages, President Buhari is enthused by their confidence, sense of patriotism and professionalism, and commends these attributes to other Nigerians.
“He equally commends the coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation and the Supporters Club, especially Nigerians residing in South Africa, who turned out in great numbers to cheer the players, for a job well-done, and assures them of the unflinching support of the Federal Government going forward. The President wishes the young Nigerian football ambassadors more successes as they prepare for the AFCON tournament in Cameroon.”