Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari says the away victory of the Super Eagles over Zambia at the weekend is not only tonic for Nigeria at a time like this, but also a confidence booster that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is well and alive.
The Nigerian National Team had begun its qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 World Cup 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 qualified 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,” President Buhari said.
The Super Eagles claimed the first three points of Group B as the race to the 2018 FIFA World Cup began on Sunday, leaving hosts Zambia rueing a poor start to the campaign in a difficult group.
Other group game also played on Sunday between host Algeria and Cameroon ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Super Eagles next game is against Algeria in Uyo , Akwa Ibom on 12th November.