Vice President Kashim Shettima is set to lead a Federal Government delegation to the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Sunday, as the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, vie for continental glory against hosts, Côte d’Ivoire. This announcement comes in the wake of Nigeria’s thrilling victory over South Africa in the semi-finals, securing their spot in the title decider.
In a statement issued by Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Media and Communications, it was emphasized that Vice President Shettima’s presence at the finals underscores the government’s staunch support for the Super Eagles and its commitment to their success. Having previously represented President Tinubu at the semi-final match, Shettima’s return to Abidjan reaffirms the significance of football in fostering national pride and unity.
“The Federal Government calls on all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to unite in support of the Super Eagles, and to raise their voices in encouragement, and create a wave of national pride that propels the team to glory,” the statement urged, highlighting the pivotal role of football in galvanizing the nation.
The Super Eagles’ journey to the AFCON final has been marked by resilience and determination, culminating in a thrilling penalty shootout victory over South Africa. With the opportunity to clinch their fourth AFCON trophy since 2013, Nigeria is poised to showcase its football prowess on the continental stage once again.
Meanwhile, Patrice Motsepe, President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), confirmed President Tinubu’s attendance at the final match. Motsepe expressed his anticipation for the presence of high-level dignitaries, reflecting the significance of the event in uniting African nations through the power of sport.
“I was told the President of Nigeria is coming. While I can’t show excitement when any nation scores, they said they could see my happiness. And yes, I am always happy,” Motsepe remarked during a press conference in Abidjan.