President Muhammadu Buhari has given a presidential order on Super Eagles to go and conquer the world in Russia later this year.
The President, who hosted the players and their handlers today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as they prepared to depart for the FIFA 2018 World cup Finals said: ““this is our time, we look up to you to make us proud.”
He asked them to bear in mind that they are not just going for a tournament, saying that with each game, they should remember that they 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.”
Buhari acknowledged that nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than for the players to acquit themselves honourably by winning in Russia.
“You are the youngest team in the tournament; which means you are likely the most inexperienced team, a fact that will not be lost on your opponents. But it is also something you can use to your advantage.
“You have the full support and the blessings of all Nigerians, who will look up to you for as long as the tournament lasts.”
The President commended the Nigerian Football federation for drawing up the right programme that is helping to refine the team into the power horse it is meant to be even as he asked all Nigerians to join him in saying to the team “best of luck!”