Play fair and clean in Russia, Buhari tells Super Eagles

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, in Abuja tasked the Super Eagles to put in their best as they proceed to Russia for 2018 World Cup, saying they should play fair and clean for the 180 million Nigerians supporting them.

Buhari gave this charge in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa when he received the Super Eagles along with their handlers as well as the officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and National Sports Commission (NSC).

“It is great to be part of the 2018 World Cup. You are going to represent Nigeria in Russia but bear in mind that you are not just going to the tournament,” Buhari stated.

“With each game, you must remember that you are carrying the passions, emotions and feelings of over 180 million Nigerians. Play fair and clean but demonstrate gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for.

“Nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than to acquit yourself honourably by winning in Russia.

“You are the youngest team in the tournament which means you are likely to be 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 support and blessings of all Nigerians who will look up to you for as long as the tournament lasts…This is our time. We look up to you to make us proud. All Nigerians join me in saying to you, best of luck. Thank you and God be with you all.”

The Super Eagles have since departed for England where they will face the Three Lions on Saturday.