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Mutters As Super Eagles Players Struggle With New National Anthem (Video)

By Gideon Ayeni



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A viral video has sparked a heated debate online, showing Super Eagles players remaining silent during the national anthem before their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers match against South Africa in Uyo.

Despite being led by a recorded rendition, the players failed to recite the anthem, leaving many to wonder if they were familiar with the lyrics.

Watch the video below;

This incident involving the Super Eagles comes just weeks after President Tinubu signed a bill reinstating the old national anthem, “Nigeria We Hail Thee,” replacing the previous one, “Arise o compatriots.” The sudden change has generated significant backlash from Nigerians, who criticized the hastiness of the decision amidst the country’s economic challenges.

The Super Eagles match was highly anticipated, with many eager to see how the players would recite the new national anthem. However, the team’s silence has only added fuel to the fire, reigniting the controversy surrounding the anthem change.

Read some netizens reactions below!

@valencial_cute5: Probably, they don’t know the lyrics 😂

@DicsonNga: @officialABAT see disgrace no one knows the Antem

@charleydonny: Their mouths are tearing while singing it

As the debate continues, questions arise about the players’ knowledge of the national anthem and the implications of this incident on Nigeria’s international representation.
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