Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina has scolded Nigerians who accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being the cause of Super eagles exit from the on-going 2021 African Cup of Nations.
The President had put a call through to the eagles before the game to wish them well.
“You’ve been doing Nigeria proud. You’ve been winning. Please keep on winning. The Federal Government is supporting you, and I say thank you to all the technical crew and the players. Please keep doing the country proud”, the President said.
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Recall the The News Beam had reported that the Super Eagles had suffered a 1-0 loss at the Round of 16 against Tunisia after qualifying with three straight wins from the group stage.
Immediately, it became obvious that the Nigerian team had come to the end of road at Afcon, social media users blamed the President’s call, claiming it was bad luck to the team.
Femi Adeshina in a post titled, “Losing Is Part Of The Game”, lamented that the same people pointing fingers at the President would also be the ones to have complained if he didn’t put a call through.
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The post read in part, “I have read many silly, idiotic and imbecilic comments, trying to link the loss to the video conference the President had with the players on Sunday morning. Witless. Thoughtless. And incidentally, if the Super Eagles had gone into the match without encouragement from their President, the same people would have come out to condemn the leader of the country for being taciturn and insensitive. Head or tail, you never win with some Nigerians.
“There are countries, and football teams, who have established a tradition for being outstanding in soccer. But such teams and countries have lost scandalously before, underscoring the truth that losing is part of the game.”