Nigeria’s president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Saturday, showered the Super Eagles national team with praise following a 2-0 victory against the Red Devils of Congo at home, stating that “the team’s victory has wiped away the disappointment of their earlier outings in the Nations Cup.”
On September 6, the Super Eagles suffered a shocking 3-2 defeat in their last encounter with the Congolese national team at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, sparking off uproar over the management of the Keshi-led national team, and doubts over Nigeria’s ability to scale through the qualifying phase of the 2015 Orange AFCON competition.
It was the first time the defending African Champions lost at home in 33 years.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said: “The Super Eagle’s dogged and hard-fought victory over the Red Devils of Congo this evening in Pointe Noire, revived Nigeria’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s African Nations Cup Finals,” and the team’s ability to bring further glory to the country.”
“President Jonathan applauds the Super Eagles’ patriotic, determined and very courageous display in front of a very vociferous, aggressive and partisan home crowd which earned them an emphatic 2-0 victory and placed Nigeria in a good position once again for qualification to defend the African Nations Cup which it currently holds at the next year’s finals, now scheduled to hold in Equatorial Guinea.
“On behalf of all soccer loving Nigerians, the President heartily commends the Super Eagles for their winning performance in
Pointe-Noire which has wiped away the disappointment of their earlier outings in the Nations Cup qualifying series and rekindled the belief of Nigerians in their national soccer team’s ability to bring further glory to the country,” the President said.
The statement said President Jonathan assured the Super Eagles and their handlers that they will have the fullest possible support of the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for that final qualification match.