Abuja - Goodluck Jonathan heaped praise on the senior men’s national team after the side clinched bronze at the recent Orange Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
He hosted the team in Abuja days after its return from the championships where they finished third after beating Zimbabwe in the playoffs.
“I am delighted to receive the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who did the nation proud with their brilliant performance at the recently concluded 2014 Orange Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The team’s impressive performance adds to a memorable season for Nigerian football, starting with victories at both the 2013 African Cup of Nations and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup competitions,” Jonathan said.
The President said he was proud of the team even though they could not clinch the tournament.
“I am particularly proud of this team, which, even though they placed third at the Championships, exhibited an uncommon degree of resilience, discipline, commitment and patriotism throughout the competition. This is even more noteworthy considering that this is the first time that Nigeria is qualifying for this particular championship.
"My dear Super Eagles, I keenly followed their performance from the group stage up to the last third place match. I noted that you epitomized the true never-say-die Nigerian spirit, especially in the match against Morocco’s Atlas Lions where you came from a three-goal deficit to win the match against all expectations,” said Jonathan.
In that particular game, the eagles trailed by 3-0 but rallied back to force the match into extra time where a fourth goal helped them through.
He on behalf of all Nigerians congratulated every member of the team.
“The glory and honour which you have brought our fatherland is greatly appreciated. You are a credit to Nigeria, your Clubs, and your families. Let me encourage you all to remain committed. To take your game to greater heights, you must not forgo the discipline and all other qualities you displayed and the experience and exposure you have gained from the competition.
"Let me also commend the technical team for their dedication in preparing this team for this commendable result. It is evident that we are reaping the dividends of our investments in the Sports Sector. The Supporters Club deserves special commendation for the unflagging inspiration they continue to provide our national teams,” said Jonathan.
For the latest on
national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and
like our Facebook page!
– CAJ News