President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon.
Nigeria sealed a place at next year’s tournament after playing a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg to amass 10 points from five matches.
It was a great feeling for the three-time African champions who had missed out on the last two editions after winning the trophy in South Africa 2013.
South Africa’s Buhle Mkhwanazi put the ball in his own net to give the three-time African champions a 10th-minute advantage.
But the relentless Bafana Bafana equalised in the 26th minute with Lebo Mothiba finishing off an exquisite build-up as the hosts completely made the Nigerian defence defenceless.
With Nigeria’s qualification, second-placed South Africa and third-placed Libya will now fight for the remaining qualification spot in the group.
The President joined millions of football-loving Nigerians to commend the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against Bafana.
He equally thanked the coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Supporters Club, especially Nigerians residing in South Africa who turned out in great numbers to cheer the players