- Femi Adesina has criticised those trying to link Nigeria's defeat at the hands of Tunisia to President Muhammadu Buhari
- The presidential spokesman on Thursday, January 27, described the comments as thoughtless, saying losing is part of the game
- Adesina noted that though the nation's loss in the ongoing AFCON 2021 tournament was painful, football can be cruel at times
Aso Rock - The special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, has reacted to comments trying to link the Super Eagles' unexpected defeat to Tunisia to the video conference President Muhammadu Buhari had with the players on Sunday, January 23.
Adesina made the remark in a statement titled, ‘Losing is part of the game’, on Thursday, January 27, shared on his official Facebook page.
Recall that the Nigerian leader on Sunday morning had a pep talk with the team via a video conference before the Super Eagles' second-round match with Tunisia in the ongoing AFCON 2021 tournament.
The presidential aide described the comments as witless and thoughtless. He went on to note that those critising the president are the same people who would condemn the Nigerian leader if he didn't encourage the Super Eagles before the match.
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"We want to win at all times. We don’t want to be worsted, or have our nose bloodied at all. But life is not so. You win some, and you lose some. That was what happened to Nigeria last Sunday, though rather painfully.
"Football can be cruel at times. There can be a humiliation of the brightest and best, but it does not mean the end of the beautiful game."
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President Buhari to Nigerians: Don’t write off the Super Eagles
In a previous report by Legit.ng, President Buhari reacted to the loss by Nigeria’s Super Eagles football team to Tunisia on Sunday, January 23, in Garoua, Cameroon.
The president said although the team did not live up to Nigerians expectations in the tournament, both officials and players deserve commendation for the tough fight they put up.
President Buhari urged Nigerians to encourage the players to do better next time, especially in view of the World Cup qualification matches that have been lined up for them.
Shehu Sani begins hunger strike over Super Eagles ouster at AFCON 2022
In a related development, Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator from Kaduna Central, vowed not to eat for a period of time after Nigeria suffered a painful defeat at the hands of Tunisia in the ongoing AFCON 2022 tournament.
Sani via Facebook on Sunday, January 23, disclosed that he was in tears after the breath-taking second-round match in which the Super Eagles did their utmost but crashed out of the competition with a 1-0 defeat to The Eagles of Carthage.
“We lost. I’m sad and in tears. I will not eat anything again till tomorrow morning. Good night.”