Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has appealed to the country’s soccer fans to continue supporting the Super Eagles, despite the team’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their first match at this year’s World Cup.
While admitting that Saturday’s defeat was a setback for the Eagles, Pinnick insisted the [players need to be encouraged, in order for them to bounce back against Iceland and go on to shock Argentina.
The NFF boss and CAF executive committee member further stated that the Nigerian government remains fully committed to making the players happy, hence the presence of sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung with him in Russia.
Pinnick also called on Nigerians to keep supporting the Eagles with prayers, stressing that the team is now focused and determined to improve in their next game against Iceland
He said: “The Federal Government through the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, who is here in Russia supporting the team and giving them words of encouragement, has appealed to Nigerians to keep supporting the team.
“The NFF is also appealing to them to continue to encourage the team with kind words and prayers.
“Losing your first match of a major competition is not an automatic exit ticket. Spain lost their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and still went ahead to win the tournament.
“So much is still possible. We have a young team that can achieve so much with the right attitude and invention, and we must now reach deep down for those qualities when we play Iceland in Volgograd.”