Recuperating goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has hailed the Super Eagles for their efforts at the 2018 World Cup despite their exit from the tournament in the group stage.
Nigeria suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Super Eagles were minutes away from securing a point against the Albiceleste which would have seen them take second place in Group D.
However, Marcos Rojo’s volley in the 86th minute put the two-time World Cup winners ahead again after Victor Moses’s penalty had cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opener.
The result means that Nigeria finish third in Group D and will play no further part in the competition, but despite the heartbreak.
Ikeme, who was Nigeria’s honorary 24th member of the squad in respect to his battle against leukaemia, took to Twitter to express his pride in the team’s showing.
“We are all naturally disappointed, but I’m so proud of the team. The heart and effort shown was immense, in time our young team will learn from this and be stronger. But I’m proud,” he posted.
Nigeria return to action in September with an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles.