President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles deserves commendation.
The team crashed out at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AfCON, losing 1-0 to Tunisia in the rounds of 16 knockout stage on Sunday.
Buhari, in his statement, on Monday said ‘Nigerians should encourage them to bounce back and do better next time’.
“Even though the Super Eagles did not live up to our expectations in the AFCON match last night, they all, officials and players alike, deserve commendation for the tough fight they put up.
“Indeed they gave everyone the confidence that they were up to it, and I am sure it was something they could have achieved. Nonetheless, we should not write them off.
“What we should all do instead, as Nigerians, is to encourage them to bounce back and do better next time.
“I have directed the football authorities to undertake a critical assessment of the AFCON performance, to enable better outcomes in the future, starting with the forthcoming World Cup qualification matches.
“I am also using this opportunity to urge the general public to send your suggestions to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), so that they can reflect and plan well for a better outing in the World Cup.”