The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has urged Nigerians not to give up on the Super Eagles after their Saturday defeat to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Eagles were defeated 2-0 by Zlatko Dalic’s men in their first match in Group D, which also has Argentina and Iceland.
Ekweremadu made the call in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu, on Sunday in Abuja.
The deputy president of the senate expressed optimism that the Gernot Rohr’s men would get better as the tournament progressed.
“No doubt the team made costly mistakes against and Nigeria is in a tight corner after the loss to Croatia.
“However, I am sure that the players and coaching crew have picked some lessons.
“The technical crew might have to rethink the team’s formation.
“Maybe, also, we stand to gain more from the players in their natural wings.
“I am an optimist. It is not over yet for the Super Eagles in Russia, especially given their traditional resilient spirit.
“I have no doubt also that they understand that they bear the expectations and hopes of over 180 million people on their shoulders.
“But, we owe them total support and prayers,” he said.
The Super Eagles will meet Iceland on Friday in their next group game.
Iceland had played a one-all draw with Argentina in their opening encounter, leaving Nigeria at the bottom of the group at the moment.