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Nigeria vs Tunisia: Ahmed Lawan, Pinnick send powerful message to Super Eagles

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to win the bronze medals at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt.

Lawan who is also the head of the Federal Government delegation at this year’s AFCON, called on Gernot Rohr’s men to forget their semi-final defeat to Algeria and prepare very well to beat Tunisia in the third-place fixture on Wednesday.

“The Government of Nigeria is proud of you and how far you have been able to go in this competition. You worked very hard and showed the desire to win, but this is football and these things happen,” Lawan was quoted by AllAfrica as saying ahead of Nigeria’s clash against Tunisia on Wednesday at the Al-Salam Stadium Cairo.

“The third-place match is there and you have to forget the result against Algeria and prepare very well to win the bronze medals.”

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, also urged the Super Eagles not to leave the AFCON in Egypt empty-handed.

Pinnick said: “I must start by acknowledging that you gave your best out there against Algeria as you have done since the beginning of the competition. It is important that you put the loss behind you as the third-place match is just two days away. The message from the NFF is simple: Let us not leave this championship empty-handed. This is the biggest and toughest AFCON ever and we must win on Wednesday to make Nigerians happy again.

“It is good for us to win laurel here that we can present to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) back home. The Government and the people of Nigeria have supported this campaign in a robust manner.”

The Super Eagles head to the match after their 2-1 defeat to Algeria in the semi-final encounter on Sunday, while the Carthage Eagles was defeated 1-0 by Senegal.

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.




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