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AFCON 2024: Tinubu lauds Super Eagles for sportsmanship, resilience, team spirit

President Bola AHmed Tinubu (middle), Super Eagles Squad and Other Top Government Officials at the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, hosts and praises Nigeria’s Super Eagles, asserting the team has demonstrated sportsmanship, resilience, and team spirit throughout the entire AFCON 2024 tournament in Cote d’Ivoire

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said the Super Eagles of Nigeria have demonstrated, by their team spirit and discipline at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), in Côte d’Ivoire, that diversity is principally a source of strength.

Tinubu said this Tuesday, February 13, 2024, while speaking at a reception in honour of the players in the State House, in Abuja, FCT.

President Tinubu also commended the team for their exemplary display of unity, determination, and resilience on the field, noted Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement.

The Nigerian leader equally emphasised the pride Nigerians felt in the Super Eagles’ remarkable journey throughout the competition in Cote d’Ivoire.

President Tinubu further stated: “It is a great honour for me to receive you, our Super Eagles.

“As a team, you taught us lessons on resilience, togetherness, diversity, and excitement in competitive games.”

He noted: “You started the tournament as if Nigeria would not assert itself, but you progressed to the finals.

“Through all the challenges and dealing with great humidity in the host country, you left your clubs and honoured your country. You gave us great excitement.”

The President also said: “You were determined. We salute your resilience. You lifted our spirits, and you made us proud. You made us smile as Nigerians.

”It is not easy to absorb a loss, particularly when the expectations are high.”

He noted: “But you have demonstrated sportsmanship, resilience, and teamship throughout the entire tournament.

“That is what AFCON stands for, the unity and resilience of the continent. You have done a great job, and I am very proud of you.”

President Tinubu pledged to continue investing in sports and youth development in Nigeria.

“We will consult with you on how to facilitate and promote sports development.

“As your President, I will go out to attract greater private sector investment in the Nigerian Professional Football League,” stated he.

Tinubu also assured Nigerians: “We have to grow our local league, and I promise to be a super promoter of sports in our country.

“Many of you may in the future become managers of our local premiership system.

“I want to say once again that I am proud of you, and Nigeria is proud of you. You are a lifter of spirits.”

Conferment of National Honours on Super Eagles

During the reception in Abuja, President Tinubu conferred National Honours on each member of the Nigerian football team, which clinched the silver medal in the competition, and announced the donation of a flat and a plot of land to each of them.

He decorated each member of the team with Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) lapel pins, while Chief Nyesom Wike, Honourable Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, immediately distributed forms for the allocation of a plot of land to each of the players.

Minister applauds Tinubu for prioritising sports development

In his address on the occasion, Senator John Enoh, Honourable Minister for Sports Development, applauded President Tinubu for prioritising sports development country and ensuring support for the team in the West African country.

Enoh applauded the Nigerian President’s defining decision of creating a separate Ministry for Sports Development.

The Minister also said: “For the first time, we have gone through a major competition; we have come back without any crisis, without any complaint, without any issues whatsoever relating to allowances, bonuses, or whatever.

“This kept the team focused on the matches in front of them with quality results.”

On behalf of the national  team, Mr. William Troost-Ekong, Vice-Captain of the Super Eagles, promised to work hard to surpass the team’s achievements by winning the gold medal in the next competition.

Troost-Ekong said: “We are very grateful for your support during our time in Ivory Coast.

“We did our best until the final. I wish that we were here carrying the trophy for you.

”In 2019, I was here with a bronze medal. Now we are here with a silver medal. I have two gold-medal winners beside me here and all we can promise is that we will continue to work hard, and the next time we meet, hopefully next year, we will be bringing home a gold medal.”

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