President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday charged Super Eagles players and officials to make Nigerians proud at the impending 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
At the farewell ceremony of the national team ahead their trip abroad for camping, the President urged the team to embrace fair play and demonstrate, at the tourney, the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for.
“As you are going to represent us in Russia, you must bear in mind that you are not just going for a tournament,” Buhari stated.
“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.
Having qualified for the Mundial with the youngest squad (average of 24.9yrs) amongst all participants, the Eagles were charged to use their underdogs status to their advantage and shock their opponents at the competition.
“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.”
The team have since departed the capital city and embarked on a trip to London ahead their international friendly game against the Three Lions of England.