Abubakar commended the Super Eagles despite the loss.
In a tweet, he wrote: “Well done @NGSuperEagles. We are forever proud of you. Though we didn’t make the finals, we stayed committed till the end. #TotalAFCON2019 #NGAALG.”
Algeria qualified for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, following a 2-1 win over Nigeria on Sunday.
The Desert Foxes took the lead in the first half, thanks a William Troost-Ekong own goal.
The Super Eagles levelled in the second half, after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision, with Odion Ighalo stroking home the penalty.
With the match heading into extra time, Riyad Mahrez stepped up and spanked a free-kick past Daniel Akpeyi, to send his side into the final.
They will take on Senegal in the final on Friday, July 19.
Nigeria faces Tunisia in the third-place playoff on Wednesday, July 17.
AfroBasket: D’Tigress to face Mali in final
Nigeria’s senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have qualified for the final of the ongoing 2019 AfroBasket Women’s championship in Dakar, Senegal.
D’Tigress, defending champions of the competition, defeated their Malian counterpart 79-58 on Friday to advance to the final as they strive to retain the trophy they won in 2017.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the team won the semis against Mali.
Nigeria’s Ezinne Kalu was the star player with 19 points, while Mali’s Meiya Riders had 14 points.
D’Tigress had earlier thrashed DR Congo 79-46 in the quarter-finals, demolished Cameroon 106-39 and crushed Tunisia 75-26 in the group stage.
The championship, which began on August 10 will end on Sunday.
Nigeria will now face winner of the Senegal versus Mozambique match in the final on Sunday.
Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon
Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.
The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.
According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.
Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.
Chinese government offers scholarship to 58 Nigerians
The Chinese Government has awarded scholarships to 58 Nigerians among whom were 16 doctorate degree students, 39 masters’ degree and three undergraduates, according to a report byPUNCH.
The beneficiaries received their university admission notices from the Counselor, Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr Li Xuda, in Abuja on Friday.
Addressing the awardees during a pre-departure briefing, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, encouraged them to work hard in fulfilling their dreams and to observe and learn what brought China to where it is today.
He said, “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
“In these years, China has always placed education as fundamental to its pursuit of national rejuvenation.
“Every year, hundreds of Nigerian students get scholarships and chase their dreams in China; some of them are sponsored by Chinese companies.
“Last year at the Confucius Institute, University of Lagos, the body of Chinese investors announced the award of scholarships to 63 students of the university to study in Chinese institutions.”
The envoy added that 6,845 Nigerian students were studying in China with 512 covered by Chinese government scholarship.
Buhari3 days ago
N-Power: Buhari govt speaks on corruption in scheme, impact made
News2 days ago
New minimum wage: NLC breaks silence in delayed implementation
Arewa3 days ago
BREAKING: Another pastor kidnapped in Kaduna, abductors give family 5 days ultimatum
More3 days ago
Lagos APC slams northern group over attack on Tinubu
Crime2 days ago
Fake policeman nabbed with stolen car in Anambra
Arewa17 hours ago
Yari runs to court as EFCC seals Abuja mansion
Law2 days ago
What my father told me in India on Wednesday, El-Zakzaky’s daughter reveals
News3 days ago
North Korea Launched Cyberattacks Against Nigeria To Raise Money For Weapons Of Mass Destruction -Report