President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to do Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations by lifting the 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.
NEWSCASTARS.COM gathered from News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eagles will depart Abuja on Wednesday aboard a chartered flight.
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.
“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 Super Eagles are in Group D where they will open their campaign in Garoua against Egypt on January 11, Sudan on January 15 and Guinea Bissau on January 19.