The President, Muhammadu Buhari , has pleaded with Nigerians not to write off the Super Eagles players and officials after they crashed out of the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in the round of 16 in Garoua, Cameroon on Sunday.
However, President Buhari said the players and their supervisors deserve commendation for their general performance in the tournament.
President Buhari Said;
“Even though the Super Eagles did not live up to our expectations in the AFCON match last night, they all, officials and players alike, deserve commendation for the tough fight they put up.
“Indeed they gave everyone the confidence that they were up to it, and I am sure it was something they could have achieved. Nonetheless, we should not write them off,”.
The president believes that if we encouraged them and given them rightful support, the Super Eagles could perform better in the forthcoming World Cup.
“What we should all do instead, as Nigerians, is to encourage them to bounce back and do better next time.
“I have directed the football authorities to undertake a critical assessment of the AFCON performance, to enable better outcomes in the future, starting with the forthcoming World Cup qualification matches.
“I am also using this opportunity to urge the general public to send your suggestions to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), so that they can reflect and plan well for a better outing in the World Cup.
“God bless our Super Eagles, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”he added.