AFCON Exit Heartache – By Babajide Okeowo
Activist Omoyele Sowore and former President Goodluck Jonathan media aide, Reno Mokri have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of transferring ‘bad luck’ to the Super Eagles of Nigeria through a video conference he had with the team earlier on Sunday shortly before the Eagles’ match with Tunisia.
Shortly before the game with Tunisia, Buhari held a video conference with Coach Austin Eguavoen from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“You’ve been making Nigeria proud. You’ve been winning. Please keep on winning. The Federal Government is supporting you, and I say thank you to all the technical crew and the players. Please keep making the country proud” Buhari had said.
Reacting before the match, Sowore took to his Facebook page and said, “Just heard Muhammadu Buhari just passed his bad luck to Nigeria’s Super Eagles! We are working hard to neutralize it! #RevolutionNow.”
After a shot from Youssef Msakni gave the Carthage Eagles their only goal in the game, Sowore wrote, “Muhammadu Buhari is bad luck for Super Eagles and Nigeria as whole! I said it! #RevolutionNow.”
On his part, Omokri in a post on Instagram stated that Buhari is the reason Tunisia defeated Nigeria so disastrously.
He posited that Buhari carries with him bad luck and posed a distraction to the boys while recounting the incidents of Anthony Joshua and the Super Eagles at the last AFCON.
“Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF? Have they forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or our Eagles in the last AFCON?
Alex Iwobi red card, Kelechi Iheanacho yellow card. All the time they have been playing this never happened. Why is it that it is the day that they spoke to Buhari that these series of unwelcome events rained on us! This is not about politics at all. This is about being spiritually conscious. Energies are very contagious. Avoid negative people!” he wrote.
Recall that the AFCON Exit Heartache when Super Eagles were knocked out of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after they lost 1-0 to Tunisia in their Sunday encounter in the Round of 16.
The Eagles had won all their three matches at the group stage in Cameroon but lost to Tunisia to the shock of many Nigerians and international observers.