President Bola Tinubu has commended the Super Eagles for their performance in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast.
Even though they were defeated by the host nation, Tinubu praised the Eagles for showcasing resilience and talent throughout the tournament.
This sentiment was conveyed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Sunday.
The Elephants of Ivory Coast clinched victory in the 2023 CAF African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final by defeating the Super Eagles 2-1.
Tinubu added that Nigeria has won a great victory in the heart of Africa and the world at large.
The statement read, “President Bola Tinubu salutes the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their tenacious performance in the final of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.
“President Tinubu commends the team, the coach, the crew, and the entire management team for their hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament, acknowledging the hurdles they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performance as they pulled through to the finals.”
“The President urges Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasizing that we won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world by our grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.”
The president, however, urged Nigerians not to be demoralised, 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.”