President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Nigerian athletes on Saturday for “flying the Nigerian flag in Rio”, saying in a series of tweets that he was proud of them all.
Mr. Buhari spoke after Dream Team VI defeated Denmark 2 – 0.
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Nigeria’s Dream Team VI moved to the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics soccer tournament. And their opponent will be Germany who whacked Portugal 4-0 in the first quarter-final of the day.
Nigeria which led Group B in the preliminaries beat Denmark 2-0. Thanks to goals scored in each half by Captain Mikel Obi in the 16th and Aminu Umar in the 59th minute.
In a statement, the Presidency said “a cheering President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday night praised the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian soccer team to the Olympics Games, which saw them flying over Denmark 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.
“Again and again, the unconquerable Nigerian spirit has come to the fore, showing that where there is a will, there’s always a way. This was a team that was not given much chance, but which has now advanced into the semi-finals. Go for it. Go for the gold, and let the Nigerian banner be held proudly aloft once again on the global stage. We are almost there. Let’s go,” spokesman Femi Adesina quoted the President as saying.
President Buhari urged the Nigerian nation to pray and support the Nigerian contingent to the Olympics, especially the soccer team, so that the rest of the world will know that even in the face of economic adversity, the Nigerian spirit remains resolute and lifted high.
“And this, we shall demonstrate in every sphere of our national life,” the President added.