By Teslim Olawore
The team’s 1-1 draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday had secured the
team the ticket.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President joined millions
of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for theirspirited and disciplined performance against a
very formidable opponent which earned them qualification with the final match against Seychelles a mere
Having keenly followed the senior national football team’s progress in the qualifying stages, President Buhari
was enthused by their confidence, sense of patriotism and professionalism, and recommended these attributes to
He also commended the effort of the coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Supporters
Club, especially Nigerians residing in South Africa who turned out in great numbers to cheer the players, for a
job well-done, and assured them of the unflinching support of the Federal Government going forward.
The President however wished the young Nigerian football ambassadors more successes as they prepare for the
AFCON tournament in Cameroon.