President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with Players and officials of Nigeria’s senior national football team, Super Eagles, on the occasion of farewell reception to the Super Eagles as they prepare to depart for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia at the State House, Abuja.
The team was led by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick.
During the reception, President Buhari told members of the national team, Super Eagles, that only victory at the forthcoming World Cup in Russia will gladden Nigerians.
He urged the team to embrace fair play and demonstrate at the tournament the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for.
Buhari noted that the Super Eagles team are the youngest in the competition and urged them to utilise that factor to their advantage and to always remember that they are carrying the passions, emotions, and feelings of over 180 million people.
“As you are going to represent us in Russia, you must bear in mind that you are not just going for a tournament. With each game, you must remember that you are carrying the passions, emotions, and feelings of over 180 million people. Play fair and clean, but demonstrate the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for. Nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than for your to acquit yourself honourably by winning in Russia,” he said.
The President added;
“You are the youngest team in the tournament which means you are likely the most inexperienced team, a fact that will not be lost on your opponents. But it is also something that you can use to your advantage. You have the full support and the blessings of all Nigerians who will look up to you for as long as the tournament last.”
He lauded the Nigerian Football Federation for putting up the right programme that is helping to refine the team to the powerful force which it’s meant to be.
“This is our time. We look up to you to make us proud. All Nigerians join me in saying to you, best of luck. Thank you and God be with you all,” he said.
Read the full statement below…..