President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the Super Eagles of Nigeria for qualifying for the Russia 2018 Senior World Cup, describing the feat as a good 57th anniversary gift for the country.
The Super Eagles on Saturday at Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo, beat Zambia to qualify for the biggest soccer event in the world.
Alex Iwobi’s only goal in the second half gave Nigeria victory in the second half of the highly tactical and energy sapping encounter with the experienced Zambian side.
In a statement through his Special Adviser of Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari described the feat by the Super Eagles as a soothing 57th anniversary gift to Nigerians.
He applauded the Super Eagles for the feat of making Nigeria the first country to qualify in Africa with a match left to play in the qualifiers.
He urged Nigerians to apply the values of perseverance, resilience, hard work and team-spirit which propelled the footballers to excel since the beginning of the qualifying matches to all sectors of life.
The President assured that the Federal Government would continue to support the team within the available resources so as to maximize the unifying potentials of sports in general and football in particular.
He appealed to private sector and public spirited individuals to continue to assist the Super Eagles as the team heads to its sixth appearance at the summit of football competition.
Buhari thanked the people of Akwa Ibom for the invaluable support it has been rendering to the football team, describing it as worthy of emulation.