The Super Eagles of Nigeria will today depart the country to Cameroon for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy begins January 9 to February 6.
The three-time Africa champions who have been in camp in Abuja will leave the country at about 8 pm local time aboard a chartered flight.
The Captain of the team, Ahmed Musa vowed to bring home the trophy won in 2013.
He said the mission of the team is to go and win the title in Cameroon and not sightseeing.
Musa was part of the 2013 AFCON winning team under late Stephen Keshi and hoped that Super Eagles win the bi-annual competition for the fourth time.
“This squad has been together for a while, we are ready to compete for the AFCON. We are 100 percent ready. We are not going to Cameroon to see the beauty of the country, we are going to the AFCON to win.
The last time we won, the reception was huge and we want to feel such again,” he said.
The group stage will see Nigeria in Group D taking on Egypt on January 11; Sudan on January 15, and Guinea Bissau on January 19. All three matches will take place at the Adjia Stadium in Garoua.
Fight like true soldiers in Cameroon
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to fight like true soldiers and warriors and do Nigeria proud at the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by lifting the coveted trophy in Cameroon.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, conveyed the president’s message at a ceremony for the team on Tuesday in Abuja ahead of their departure to Cameroon.
Dare, represented by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, explained that Buhari had pledged the nation’s full support for the team.
According to him, the president believes “this Super Eagles squad” has the skills and talents to excel at the Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Nigerians are fully behind you.”
The minister appealed to the players to show the Nigerian spirit of determination in their quest for a fourth AFCON trophy.
He stressed that as the Eagles carry the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians, the federal government and the entire nation would be behind them.
Writing by Abdullahi Lamino