By Muhyideen Jimoh
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to do Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by lifting the coveted trophy in Cameroon.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, conveyed the president’s message at a ‘send forth’ ceremony for the team on Tuesday in Abuja ahead of their departure to Cameroon.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles will depart Abuja on Wednesday aboard a chartered flight for the football fiesta which runs from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6 in Cameroon.
Dare who was represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said President Buhari had pledged the full support of the nation for the team.
“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 appealed to the players to show the Nigerian spirit of determination in their quest for a fourth AFCON trophy.
“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 own 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 Super Eagles are in Group D where they will open their campaign in Garoua against Egypt on Jan. 11, Sudan on Jan. 15 and Guinea Bissau on Jan. 19.