President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has challenged the Super Eagles to win the Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt.
Pinnick visited the team during their first training session at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, as the tournament draws closer.
In his address to the team on Tuesday, the NFF President charged the players to bring the trophy back to Nigeria.
“Do not take any team for granted. Easy groups exist only on paper; things are different on the pitch. The NFF will ensure you get all that is due to you. This is a very important tournament and Nigerians are fully behind you. You should do your very best not to disappoint them,” Pinnick said, according to NFF.com.
“The NFF is happy about the situation in camp; the commitment, discipline, and dedication of each and every one of you. You have all the quality of a champion team and everything about you is positive.”
Thanking the president for his exemplary care for the national team, Captain Mikel Obi promised that the team will be professional during the competition and try their best to make the country proud.
“Mr. President, we thank you for all that you have done for this team over the years, as the head of Nigerian Football. We appreciate your honest approach to all issues that concern our welfare.
“We all are aware of what is at stake. This tournament will not be child’s play or a stroll in the park, but we are ready. It will be tough but when it gets tough, we will get tougher.”
Nigeria kicks off their Group B campaign on Saturday, June 22, in Alexandria against debutant, Burundi, before clashes with Guinea and Madagascar on 26 and 30 June respectively.