Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has praised the Super Eagles’ ‘new spirit’ after the Nigerian side began their Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored a superb goal as the dominant Super Eagles defeated seven-time champions Egypt 1-0 in Garoua on Tuesday in the heavyweight Group D clash.
Dare, however, urged the team to get carried away in subsequent games.
“You can see how different the team looked and played,” the minister said.
“There is a new spirit and a new attitude in the players and it showed with their total dominance of proceedings on Tuesday.
“They brought the professionals that they are to the fore with a masterful display. “They stepped up their game without any distractions. We saw the kind of football the Super Eagles are known for.
“I must thank the players, the coaching crew and the NFF for returning the Nigerian DNA to our football.”
Dare advised the team not to get complacent after the brilliant performance and result, urging them to sustain the momentum in the quest for Nigeria’s fourth AFCON trophy.
“Now we have to stay focused and take it one game at a time,” he added.
“We have just won a game, although a very important and morale boosting win, but this is just the beginning. We must not get carried away. There are more battles ahead. I believe we will not be complacent.
“I think we can get better and better with every game. So, this game against Egypt is done and dusted, we must face our next game with the same level of zeal and determination.”
The Super Eagles will face Sudan on Saturday in Garoua in their second fixture.