President Muhammadu Buhari gave the Super Eagles a pep talk on Sunday before of their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) second round encounter against Tunisia, which is set to take place tonight.
The President chatted with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa, Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), and others via video conference from the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but also by lifting the trophy. He specifically mentioned two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon.
The President said: “You’ve been doing Nigeria proud. You’ve been winning. Please keep on winning. The Federal Government is supporting you, and I say thank you to all the technical crew and the players.. Please keep doing the country proud.”
President Buhari, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, lauded the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare for his good work being done.
Responding, Coach Eguavoen said; “We are so excited that His Excellency, President Buhari, has come to speak with us this morning. On behalf of the players and the technical crew, I want to say thank you very much sir.
“The group stage has passed, and your speaking to us is a morale booster. Thank you for your support, Mr President, we also thank the Hon. Minister, and the NFF President. We are so privileged, and want to promise that you should just relax, we’ll come out victorious. We won’t let the nation down.”