President Bola Tinubu said the Super Eagles displayed hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to get to the final of the African Cup of Nations 2023 concluded on Sunday evening in Cote d’Ivoire despite the loss of the trophy by the Nigerian team to the host nation.
The President hailed the team for their performance at the football competition, noting that they displayed a sign of the Nigerians’ ‘can do’ spirit.
Tinubu, in a statement by his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale also commended the coach, crew and the entire management team for the tenacious performance in the final of the tourney.
He described their hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament as a sign of the Nigerians’ ‘can do’ spirit.
Tinubu acknowledged the hurdles they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performance as they pulled through to the finals.
The President urges Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasising that the team’s performance won a great victory for Nigeria in the hearts of Africa and the world through its grit, rigour, and determination.
“Let this passing event not dispirit us, but bring us together to work harder.
“We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.
“To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit.
“My administration is here to make dreams come true,” he said.