The Super Eagles' tenacious effort in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final has earned praise from Peter Obi, the Labour Party's (LP) 2023 presidential contender.
Allnews.ng had reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria fell to the Elephants of Côte d'Ivoire 2-1 in the thrilling AFCON final on Sunday night.
Despite losing the trophy to Cote d'Ivoire, Obi responded in a statement on Sunday night, saying the Super Eagles gave it their all with great energy, endurance, and strategy.
The LP flagbearer also gave the team props for their impressive football abilities and talent show, which helped them advance far in the competition.
The final result of the match, according to the former governor of Anambra State, does not negate the reality that Nigeria is a talented country, as the national team is proof of.
He said: “And with our final match against our dear African brothers, Cote d’Ivoire, today, we come to the end of the AFCON tournament. Our national team, the Super Eagles, put in their best efforts with high energy, stamina, and tactics, but in the end, Cote d’Ivoire emerged victorious and won the cup.
“I congratulate our national team, and indeed every Nigerian, for our great display of talents and football skills which took us far in the tournament.
“The eventual outcome of the game did not in any way remove the fact that Nigeria is a home of talents, as exemplified by our national team. Once again, our players, with their outstanding performance, energy, and zeal, reflected the resilient spirit of the Nigerian people, the giants of Africa, who even in the face of obstacles continue to persevere to success, in every area of life. It was a fierce battle on the football pitch, and I salute their professionalism, dedication, and drive for success.
“I sincerely appreciate, and congratulate the Nigeria Football Federation, the Super Eagles Coach, the management, the technical and medical crew, and all who sacrificed tirelessly to actualize our victory today. Their labours were not in vain.
“Today, as a nation, the fire of unity was rekindled among us, as we all united as one big family to support our national team and pray for their victory. In our journey to the New Nigeria we look forward to, we must unite as one, and collectively build our nation.”
Obi also mourned Nigerians who died while watching the Super Eagles' semifinal play against South African team Bafana Bafana.
He added: “We will overcome all the challenges that contend with our progress if we unite. To our fellow compatriots who lost their lives in the course of the football matches, we remember and mourn them today. These our countrymen, wishing nothing but victory to our dear nation, lost their lives while praying for our victory.
“We are saddened that they are not physically with us today to witness countrymen, wishing nothing but victory to our dear nation, May God grant them eternal rest and grant their families, and all of us, the fortitude to bear their irreplaceable loss. I say a very big congratulations to the AFCON Champions, Cote d’Ivoire.
“They fought gallantly and emerged winners at the end. I salute them and wish them and their nation the very best as we all continue to build the New Africa we all desire.”