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President Buhari Commends Dream Team on their win against Japan, Urges Athletes to “Go! Win, and Return with Laurels”



President BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commended the performance of Nigeria’s under-23 male football team against their Japanese opponents at the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The president made the commendation in a message to the Team Nigeria contingent on Friday from Abuja, signed by his Senior Special Assistant on (SSA) Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

It said Buhari expressed the hope that the football team’s victory would serve as “an inspiration to the entire contingent of the grand show Nigerians expect from our athletes”.

In the message, President Buhari also expressed optimism that the country’s team would put up an impressive showing to delight fellow countrymen.

“On behalf of the government and people of our great country, I wish to express my support to our athletes who have arrived in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games.

I am particularly delighted by the outcome of the football match early this morning, in which our football team defeated their Japanese counterparts.

The sweetness of the victory comes from the fact that it came against all odds.

Our team overcame several challenges to put up a sterling performance. This is a good beginning,” he said in the message.

President Buhari also praised the resilience, hard work and patriotism the athletes had put into their preparations.

He stated that he was aware of the personal sacrifices they made while preparing for the Games.

“I am already aware that you have made personal sacrifices in your journey to the Olympic Games. The motivation comes from strong discipline and the love of the nation.

As you embark on the search for honours for the nation, I seize this opportunity to assure our Olympians that you have my support and those of all Nigerians.

Go! Win and return with laurels, I wish you the best,” the President added.


  1. nigerian

    August 5, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    have you released the funds that they need to get TO the olympic games and eat while there? The government wants to take all the glory but won’t be honest with the funds and put in the money that is required to gain their success.

  2. Somto

    August 5, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Aboki the traveller abeg keep quite. They should go and win and bring back Laurels. Did you sponsor them to Olympics.. You are so annoying right now.

  3. Random

    August 6, 2016 at 1:31 am

    @ Somto no need to be rude. You have a dad don’t you?….we always forget that when we reign insults because they are our leaders.. Yes the government released funds eventually. Try to follow the news and get your facts right.
    But please jut because they won doesn’t mean they should send them to their next game 5 hours before the game….. That was some abusive and incompetent none sense.

    • Love

      August 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Zahara buhari go nd sleep

  4. concerned9a

    August 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    And he subsidised the Muslim pilgrimage after saying no more free hajj..yet the Athletes who actually do something for the country are being treated as lepers..

  5. Amiira

    August 6, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Abeg goan take several seats joh.; abi find another ‘qwantiri’ to go. Msheeew

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