President Bola Tinubu has urged the Super Eagles Nigeria currently ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire to improve their performance and do better in the final stages of the tournament.
The Minister of Sports, John Enoh, who spoke passed the president’s message to the players from Abuja communicated via Zoom on Wednesday night in Abidjan.
Enoh revealed that the President was not too satisfied with the efforts of the team during the group stage.
“I had a meeting with the President yesterday. I went to the villa for something else and the President cornered me and said we (Eagles) managed to qualify and I said that’s how we are going to keep going until we win the tournament.”
“He said that I should tell the players that he wasn’t too impressed with the last match but he knows that now that they are off the group stages, they are going to impress him more.
“That’s what the President told me and it means that the President is actually watching your matches. Would you believe this? And the President is urging you and also showing an understanding of the game because he knows that there is a lot of caution at the group stage and from the round of 16, you are going to be more impressive.
“I remember that in 2022 in Cameroon, Egypt as a country struggled to qualify but they went ahead to play the finals,” he said.
In response to the message, team captain, Ahmed Musa, thanked the sports minister and requested that the President should come to see them play live, stressing that it would serve as a motivation to the players.
The next match for the Eagles will be against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the last 16 of the tournament on Saturday at the Felix Houphouet -Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.