AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Land In Abidjan [Photos]

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Land In Abidjan

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have arrived in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, for the 34th Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The chartered aircraft that conveyed players and officials of the three-time African champions touched down at 11.23 am Cote d’Ivoire time (12.23 pm Nigeria time), with the contingent dressed in Nigeria’s traditional kaftan attire with a cap to match.

The Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, stressed that the Super Eagles’ colour and pomp matched the ambience and flavour of the Send Forth ceremony organised for the team by the Lagos State Government on Tuesday night, with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as chief host.

Also present at the send-forth were Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh; NFF President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau; members of the NFF Executive Committee; FIFA Council Member, Amaju Pinnick; NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi; First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibironke Sanwo-Olu; top officials of the Lagos State government and others.

The NFF president told those at the send-forth that he has the assurance of the Head Coach, Jose Peseiro, and the top players that they are going on an onslaught for a fourth continental title in Cote d’Ivoire.

“I have spoken to the Head Coach and the Captain, and also a good number of the players, and they have assured me of their determination to push strongly for triumph in Cote d’Ivoire, thereby winning the trophy for a fourth time.” He added that the NFF is very grateful to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for approving funds for the team’s preparation and participation at the continental finals.

Sanwo-Olu harped on the fact that football is Nigeria’s biggest unifying factor, reiterating that “our peoples from different regions and religion, cultures, norms and social and economic backgrounds come together to cheer our National Teams whenever they are playing. Football brings us all together.

He said, “I am making a pledge to be personally present at the Africa Cup of Nations to support you. We know you are all geared to perform at the AFCON and make our country proud. We will give you all the support and encouragement that you require.”

Captain Ahmed Musa acknowledged the power of football and stated that even though he knows the joy of winning the Africa Cup trophy, having been part of the squad that triumphed in South Africa in 2013, he is eagerly anticipating another touch of the coveted trophy.

He said, “We are ambitious and we will do our best. The AFCON is an important tournament for every African player, and we are all looking forward to giving our best to make the nation proud.”

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