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AFCON: Shettima leads FG delegation to Ivory Coast

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Ahead of the African Cup Of Nations final, President Bola Tinubu has directed Vice President Kashim Shettima to lead a presidential team to Ivory Coast for the game between the Super Eagles and the Elephants on Sunday.

This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Communications, Mr Stanley Nkwocha, in Abuja.

According to Nkwocha, President Tinubu believes that Shettima’s presence at the finals alongside the delegation is a testament to the government’s unwavering support for the team and its dedication to their success.

The statement reads, “President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has directed Vice President Kashim Shettima to lead a presidential team to the finals of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte d’Ivoire.

“The Vice President had also represented the President at the semi-finals when the Super Eagles defeated South Africa in a pulsating encounter. The Nigerian national team is set to face host, Côte d’Ivoire, in a thrilling rematch at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan on Sunday, February 11.

“The match will rekindle the memories of Nigeria’s 1-0 victory in the group stage secured through Captain William Troost-Ekong’s penalty.

“Recognizing the unifying power of football and the immense role the Super Eagles play in fostering national pride and unity, the President, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, believes that Vice President Shettima’s presence at the finals alongside the delegation is a testament to the government’s unwavering support for the team and its dedication to their success.

“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.”

Recall that the Vice President represented the President at the semi-finals when the Super Eagles defeated South Africa in a highly electrified encounter.

The match on Sunday will however, rekindle the memories of Nigeria’s 1-0 victory in the group stage secured through William Troost-Ekong’s penalty.

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