President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for another spectacular outing that has confirmed Nigeria’s progress to the semi-finals stage at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Egypt 2019.
President Buhari, who described the victory over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa as a well-deserved one, said he believes, like millions of other sports-loving Nigerians, that the mission of having the trophy in Nigeria’s hands for the fourth time is almost accomplished for the high flying Super Eagles.
In a statement by Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, late Wednesday night, the President urged the team and their handlers to remain focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory.
He affirmed that the crop of players in the national football team represent the “resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit, which must be reflected in all other areas of national life”.
President Buhari assured the players that Nigerians are praying for them to “fly higher and get to the peak of the tournament, knowing that the taste of victory is sweet and what they have achieved so far is pleasing to Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political inclination”.
The Super Eagles secured their place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after defeating South Africa 2-1 in a quarter-final match on Wednesday night.
Eagles’ number 13, Samuel Chukwueze had given Nigeria the lead in the 27th minute before the South Africans drew level with Bongani Zungu’s header after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review.
Nigeria deservedly took the lead again in the 89th minute when unmarked Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong, drilled home a corner kick from substitute, Moses Simon, which helped the Eagles seal a 2-1 victory over the South Africans.