President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commended Nigeria’s Football team the Super Eagles, the coach, the crew, and the entire management for their hard work and sacrifice in the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations, AFCON.
The President also applauded the Super Eagles for their performance in the final of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Côte d’Ivoire.
In a statement signed by his Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu acknowledged the hurdles the team consistently surpassed with progressive performance to the finals.
He urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasising that Nigeria secured a victory in the hearts of Africa and the world by its grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.
“Let this passing event not dispirit us, but bring us together to work harder. We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love. To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit. My administration is here to make dreams come true,” the President said.
2023 AFCON host country, Cote d’Ivoire is the champion of the tournament after defeating Super Eagles 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday night at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium.
The tournament marked the 34th edition of the continent’s competition.
The Super Eagles battled for a fourth AFCON title, while the Elephants secured their third title in AFCON 2023, having only won in 1992 and 2015.
Both teams advanced from Group A, with Equatorial Guinea leading the table with a joint seven points and three goals difference. However, the Elephants made it out as the fourth -place team.
President Tinubu had called on Nigerians, home and abroad, to unite in support of the Super Eagles and to raise their voices in encouragement.
The President also directed Vice President Kashim Shettima to lead a presidential team to the 2023 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, finals in Côte d’Ivoire.