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AFCON 2021: President Muhammadu Buhari Congratulates Super Eagles on Round of 16 Qualification
- President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for progressing into the next round at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon
- Nigeria defeated Ginea-Bissau 2-0 courtesy goals from Sadiq Umar and William Troost-Ekong to finish the group stage with 9 points
- The Super Eagles had earlier defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt and Sudan to emerge as Group D winners
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for progressing to the knockout round of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Nigeria had emerged as Group D winners after bagging victories in all three games following wins against Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau.
Augustine Eguavoen had made eight changes to the Super Eagles starting line-up in Nigeria’s final group game against the Djurters of Guinea-Bissau but that didn’t deter the Eagles from putting up a solid display to emerge victorious with Sadiq Umar and Troost-Ekong finding the back of the net for Nigeria to seal yet another win.
The Super Eagles have now progressed to the Round of 16 and await their next opponent when the next round resumes.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has joined Nigerians in celebrating the Super Eagles' success so far and has encouraged the team to maintain and even surpass the terrific form that made them leaders in the group stage.
Buhari, in a statement issued Wednesday on Facebook, assured the Super Eagles of his unflinching support as they write another chapter in the history of Nigerian football.
Congratulations to our Super Eagles on winning all their three games and advancing to the second round of the AFCON in grand style.
I urge them to maintain and even surpass the terrific form that has made them leaders in the group stage, and to remain good ambassadors of Nigeria on and off the field.
The entire country looks forward with hope to a total of SEVEN emphatic wins in this competition. Three down, four to go!
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They are assured of my unflinching support as they soar like the Eagles that they are to write yet another brilliant chapter in the unfolding story of Nigerian football.
Nigeria is bidding to win her fourth AFCON trophy after emerging as Champions in 1980, 1994 and 2003.
Sadiq Umar, Troost-Ekong Score As Super Eagles Knock Guinea-Bissau Out of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
Earlier Sportsbrief reported Super Eagles head coach Augustine Eguavoen made eight changes to the side that defeated Sudan on Saturday as they looked to finish the group stage with a 100 per cent record.
Sadiq Umar who missed a handful of chances opened the scoring of the encounter having found the back of the net in the 56th minute.
William Troost-Ekong sealed the win for the three-time champion having tucked home from close range as it ended in a 2-0 for the Eagles.