PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Super Eagles on the away victory over Zambia at the weekend, describing the feat as not only tonic for Nigeria at a time like this, but also a confidence booster that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is well and alive.
This was contained in a statement on Monday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The Nigerian national team had begun its qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 World Cup on a victory note by beating Zambia 2-1 in Ndola, a development President Buhari describes as “cheery and soul-lifting.”
He said it was a sign of good things to come, urging the team not to rest on its oars till it eventually qualifies for the global soccer fiesta.
“This is but the first step in a long journey. However, that step has been well taken. An away victory at this level, in which the stakes are quite high, is remarkable.
“The ultimate is to qualify for Russia 2018, and fly Nigeria’s flag alongside those of other giant soccer playing nations. I look forward to that, and I urge the team and their handlers to always keep their eyes on the ball,” Buhari said.