Nigeria’s Super Eagles lost 0-1 to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia on Sunday in Garoua, Cameroon in a Round of 16 clash.
The team of players and officials returned via a chartered flight from Garoua, Cameroon, where they played four matches.
The game was played at the purpose-built 60,000-capacity Paul Biya Stadium to the north of Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde.
President Buhari spoke with the team via video conference from the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Sunday morning.
The News Agency of Nigeria of Nigeria reports that Sunday’s game between Nigeria and Tunisia will take place at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon from 8 p.m.
With nine points from three games, Nigeria sealed the top spot but will have to wait for her Round of 16 opponents after conclusion of Group E and F preliminary games.
This fixture, being the penultimate round of the qualification series, is guaranteed to produce fireworks in both legs, with the eternal rivalry between Nigeria and Cameroon being the strongest undertone in the narrative.
The usual suspects are; Stand-in captain William Troost-Ekong, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, while others are starting first time since they began their campaign in Cameroon.
According to a Confederation of African Football statement on Monday, the 10 qualified teams will be divided into two.
Competent camp sources revealed that the defender, who is also in Cameroon, has not been seen train with the team.
The victory assures the Super Eagles of a place in the Round of 16.
Visa is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for lucky children in Cameroon aged between eight and 12, accompanied by a guardian, the opportunity to participate in the Player Escort Programme and walk out on the field before the AFCON matches with a professional football player.
Three points off arguably their fiercest opponent, Egypt, has boosted the confidence and bounce of the three-time champions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Eagles play all their group D matches in Garoua and will remain in the city for the next round, if they top their group.
Onyema, who made the pledge in Garoua, Cameroon, while speaking to the Super Eagles during half time, promised to give N10 million for every goal scored, telling the players that the hopes of over 200 million Nigerians rest on shoulders and urged them to give their best and win the trophy.
It was learnt that the gun battle occurred before a match between Mali and Tunisia.
Stanbic IBTC and the Nigerian Football Federation had late last year announced a partnership covering the national teams.
The run up to the international tournament, which kicked off in Cameroon yesterday, saw a lot of debate about whether or not players should be able to leave their clubs to take part, due to the fact it is played mid-season.
The National chairman of NFSC, Samuel Ikpea, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Monday in Garoua, Cameroon ahead of Eagles crunch opener against Egypt Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that the 33rd edition of the AFCON kicked off on Sunday with 24 teams in Cameroon.