President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Team Nigeria, who came second in the overall medals table at the just concluded All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The president also hinted that the team will be hosted at the Aso Rock presidential villa 8n due course.
In a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, Buhari expressed satisfaction and appreciation at the performance of the team at the continental event.
Buhari also urged the Nigerian athletes to improve on their performance.
He, therefore, expressed deep joy that several members of the team did Nigeria proud and singled out for special commendation the men’s basketball team, D’Tigers.
D’Tigers had earlier earned the nation the Afrobasketball trophy for the first time in 50 years, which earned the country an automatic ticket to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Buhari noted that the performance of Team Nigeria at the Congo games had yet again brought the massive potential of Nigerian sportsmen and women to excel in their chosen areas against all odds.
He implored the country’s athletes to do all they could to ensure that “Nigeria regains its number one position in Africa and the world at large’’.
The president, who noted that a presidential delegation had attended the closing ceremony and conveyed his congratulations to Team Nigeria and its officials, promised the team a fitting ceremony.
He also assured Nigeria’s sportsmen and women that his administration would accord priority to sports, in addition to boosting the morale of the players and enhancing training for future challenges.
He reminded the sportsmen and women not to rest on their oars “because the challenges grow bigger and more complex each day”.
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