President Buhari urges Super Eagles to sustain winning streak in next AFCON Qualifier match
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Super Eagles to sustain the winning momentum as they approach the crucial second leg of the AFCON qualifiers in Yaounde, on Monday.
Buhari made the call while he congratulated Nigeria’s Super Eagles on their impressive win over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 4-0 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The goals were scored by Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.
The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, joined millions of football-loving Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to applaud the senior men’s football team.
The president noted that with the victory, Nigeria was on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia 2018.
Watch highlights of Nigeria’s exciting 4-0 match
The President enjoined Nigerians who always see “football as a unifying platform, to continue to pray and support the team to guarantee victory next week and make qualification doubly sure’’.
Odion Ighalo scored the first goal, in the 29th minute with Mikel Obi netting the second goal in the 41st minute as he converted the goal from a corner kick played by victor Moses.
Victor Moses again scored the third goal for the Super Eagles, in the 55th minute.
Kelechi Iheanacho completed the whitewash, by scoring the fourth goal in the 76th minute.
With the victory, Nigeria tops group B with nine points, while Cameroon has just two points from three matches.
Meanwhile, coach Gernot Rohr has said that the nonavailability of five players in the squad that lost 2-0 to South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, June 10 caused the national team defeat.
Speaking to newsmen after Nigeria’s come back 4-0 win over Cameroon, Rohr said “we had five players who didn’t play against South Africa, so we had more maturity. (in the game against). I think it is better we have a good mixture between young and experienced players as we scored wonderful goals today.”