AFCON 2023: Be of good cheer. Let this event not dispirit us but unify us to work harder — President Tinubu tells Super Eagles

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I salute the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their tenacious performance in the final of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.

I commend the team, the coach, the crew, and the entire management team for their hard work, diligence, and sacrifice to reach this far in the tournament. It has been a journey marked by hurdles, which they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performances, culminating in their appearance in the finals.

l urge my fellow Nigerians to be of good cheer. We won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world through our grit, rigor, and determination on the field.

Let this event not dispirit us but unify us to work harder. We are a great nation, bound as one by our green-white-green banner, symbolizing resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.

To our cherished Nigerian youths showcasing their talents in communities across the country, playing football in their local grounds, you too can be our heroes tomorrow. Do not relent in your pursuit. My administration is committed to making dreams come true. God bless Nigeria.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Federal Republic of Nigeria
12 February 2024

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