Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the Super Eagles to continue in their resilience as they gun for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title.
The Eagles secured a spot in the semifinals of the ongoing tournament in Egypt after beating South Africa 2-1 in Cairo Stadium on Wednesday night.
Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring in the first half before VAR awarded Bongani Zungu the equaliser on 70 minutes. But Williams Troost-Ekong scored the winner on 89th minute when he slotted in from a corner taken by substitute Moses Simon.
“Congratulations to the Super Eagles on a well-deserved victory over South Africa, tonight,” Buhari wrote on his Twitter handle moments after the final whistle.
“You represent the resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit.
“Two more victories, and the coveted Trophy will come home to us. All Nigerians are looking forward eagerly,” he added.
Congratulations to the Super Eagles on a well-deserved victory over South Africa, tonight. You represent the resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit. Two more victories, and the coveted Trophy will come home to us. All Nigerians are looking forward eagerly.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) July 10, 2019
Three-time champions Nigeria last participated at the AFCON in 2013 and emerged as champions.
They failed to qualify for the last two editions, but defeated defending Champions Cameroon on their way to this stage, and now stand two wins away from lifting their fourth title.
They face either Cote d’ivoire or Algeria in the semifinal on Sunday, with the duo playing their quarterfinal match on Thursday.
Senegal also already booked their place in the semifinal after defeating Benin Republic 1-0 earlier on Wednesday.
The Terenga Lions face either Madagascar or Tunisia in Sunday’s other semifinal clash.