AFCON 2023: President Tinubu Applauds Super Eagles For Resilience, Teamwork


President Bola Tinubu has applauded the Super Eagles for their display in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final in Ivory Coast, saying they won people’s hearts.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Sunday.

Three-time African champions, the Super Eagles failed in their bid to win a fourth title after suffering a 2-1 defeat against host Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final played Sunday night at the Alassane Quattra Stadium in Ebimpe.

Ivory Coast’s success sees them add this year’s title to those claimed in 1992 and 2015, while this win also allows them to join Nigeria on three Cup of Nations triumphs overall.

Only Egypt, Cameroon, and Ghana have won the title more often, with the Super Eagles squandering the opportunity to match their Ghanaian rivals on four victories.

Reacting after the match, President Tinubu said despite the Eagles’ loss to the host nation, they demonstrated resilience and talent at the tournament.

Tinubu added that Nigeria has won a great victory in the heart of Africa and the world.

The President, however, urged Nigerians not to be demoralized, saying, “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.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Kashim Shettima, who watched the game live at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan, stated that the players will be rewarded for their gallant effort in the game.

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