Nigeria’s Vice President, Kasim Shettima, expressed pride in the Super Eagles’ performance despite their Africa Cup of Nations final loss to hosts Côte d’Ivoire. He assured the team of strong support, believing in their ability to come back even stronger.
The Super Eagles took the lead with a powerful header from captain William Troost-Ekong in the 38th minute. However, they could not maintain their advantage as goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastian Haller secured a 2-1 victory for the Ivorians, who claimed their third AFCON trophy.
Following the disappointing result, the Super Eagles players were understandably disheartened. Nevertheless, Vice President Shettima, representing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, took the opportunity to commend their efforts and encourage them to stay resilient.
He emphasized that despite the loss, Nigerians remain proud of the team, acknowledging the unity their performance has fostered across the nation during the competition.
“A lot of countries, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and others exited the competition, two, or three weeks ago.
“We have come this far, so close, be rest assured that we will come back roaring stronger in the next edition. There is cause for celebration. We are the second-best footballing nation in Africa.
“You have no cause to be sad. We have every cause to celebrate. The nation is proud of you. You are the source of our national unity. It is when the Super Eagles play that people put aside race, tribe, and religion. You always unite the nation. The nation is in grief, but the nation is in solidarity with you.
“I convey to you, the best wishes and regards from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. There is no need for you to be sad. On Wednesday, we were celebrating and we came so close. We lost the game within just 15 minutes.
“Honestly, we are very proud of you and the nation will adequately compensate you for your sacrifice.”