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Buhari congratulates Eagles over Zambia win

Zambia's Rainford Kalaba (R) vies with Nigeria's Ogeny Onazi during the FIFA World Cup qualifier between Zambia and Nigeria at the Levy Mwanawasa Satdium in Ndola on October 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SALIM DAWOOD
— 11th October 2016

From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for their away win over Zambia at the weekend, describing it as a morale booster for the country at a time like this, showing “that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is well and alive”.

The Special Adviser on Media and  Publicity,  Femi Adesina‎, in a statement, said the President described the the 2-1 victory ‎in Ndola, as “cheering and soul-lifting.

The Nigerian National Team had begun its qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 World Cup by beating Zambia 2-1 in Ndola, on Sunday.

He said it was a sign of good things to come, urging the team not to rest on its oars till it eventually qualified for the global soccer fiesta.

“This is but the first step in a long journey. However, that step has been well taken. An away victory at this level, in which the stakes are quite high, is remarkable. The ultimate is to qualify for Russia 2018, and fly Nigeria’s flag alongside those of other giant soccer playing nations. I look forward to that, and I urge the team and their handlers to always keep their eyes on the ball,”  Buhari said.

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