President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to play every match for the honour of motherland as they file out in first match against Burundi on Saturday in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019), holding in Egypt.
Lifting Nigeria’s flag
President Buhari told them to lift the flag of Nigeria high and reinforce the reputation of the country as football powerhouse on the continent.
“I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians would also do. You have our solid support and we will cheer you to victory,” President Buhari said.
According to him, football is a strong unifying force for Nigerians and you to provide a soothing balm to the many challenges facing the country, which the government is confronting with everything at its disposal.
“Nigerians are known for their unconquerable spirit. Show this in the group stages, and even beyond. Nothing but lifting of the diadem is good enough for our country,” President Buhari stated.
He also enjoined the Super Eagles to be mindful of fair play and sportsmanlike conduct, as they strive to return home with the AFCON trophy.