President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Super Eagles to “play fair and clean” in order to win matches at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Mr Buhari gave the charge on Wednesday when he hosted the team to a reception inside the council chamber of the State House Abuja.
He told the team that since they are going to represent Nigeria in Russia, they should “bear in mind that you are not just going for a tournament. With each game, you must remember that you are carrying the passions, emotions and feelings of over 180 million people.”
“Play fair and clean but demonstrate the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for,” Mr Buhari said.
Nigeria is grouped alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the global football fiesta which begins on June 14.
“Nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than for you to acquit yourself honourably by winning in Russia,” Mr Buhari also said
The president reminded the Super Eagles that they are the youngest team in the tournament, which means they are “likely the most inexperienced team.”
The president said “it is also something that you can use to your advantage.” He assured the team that they have the support and blessings of all Nigerians.