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Tinubu, Shettima, Sanwo-Olu hail Eagles after AFCON final berth

Tinubu, Shettima, Sanwo-Olu hail Eagles after AFCON final berth

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima have hailed the Super Eagles after the heroic performance that saw them advance to the final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast. 

The Eagles beat South Africa 4-2 on penalty after regulation time had ended 1-1 to reach their first final in over a decade where they’ll face hosts Cote d’Ivoire.

Skipper William Troost-Ekong opened the scoring for Nigeria from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after Victor Osimhen was fouled inside the 18-yard box. At the same time, Bafana Bafana clawed their way back in the 90th minute through Teboho Mokoena, who also beat Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali from the penalty spot.

Stanley Nwabali and Samuel Chukwueze celebrate Super Eagles’ win

The win has thrown millions of Nigerias worldwide into ecstatic celebration while the South Africans will continue to rue their missed chances. 

Although President Tinubu who recently returned from France was not in Bouake to see the game, Vice President Shettima was in the stands vocally celebrating with the Eagles. 

Also read: Nwabali named Man of The Match in Super Eagles AFCON semi-final win

President Tinubu took to microblogging side X formally Twitter to celebrate the Eagles’ victory, charging them to return with the trophy. “From the Southernmost cape of Africa to the Plains of Mauritania and the coast of West Africa… You have made us all Proud to be Nigerians! Go… Soar in the AFCON Finals. Well done, boys!” Tinubu posted. 

Vice President Shettima was seen celebrating with the players in the dressing room after the win. 

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also too to X to applaud the Eagles on the victory.

“We did it!!!! So proud of our Super Eagles for finding that extra tenacity to push through. From Nwabali with the in-match and penalty heroics to Ekong to Osimhen for taking the initiative to help us score in the match and to the silent hero, Coach José Peseiro, everyone dug deep to give us this one. Off to the finals and by God’s grace the Cup.”

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