As the 34th AFCON edition looms, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted the Super Eagles in a send-off dinner, urging them to clinch a fourth AFCON title. The tournament is set to kick off on Saturday, January 13th 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, in his address, expressed confidence in the team, using the rallying cry “no gree for anybody” to inspire them. Describing the Eagles as the “country’s unifier,” he emphasized the importance of representing Nigeria with distinction.
He rallied the players, emphasizing their role in bringing together the diverse population of Nigeria. The governor stated, “You are our country’s unifier. As much as we will be putting pressure on you during the matches, Nigerians expect you to do that for us.” He acknowledged the challenges the nation faces but highlighted sports, particularly football, as a unifying force.
Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the team to persevere, noting that the entire nation is behind them. He stressed the need for the Super Eagles to tap into their sense of patronage and patriotism as a driving force.
The Eagles last secured the AFCON title 11 years ago under the leadership of the late Stephen Keshi. The team, led by captain Ahmed Musa, assured the governor and other sports personalities of their commitment to proper representation at the tournament.
Musa, who was part of the title-winning squad in 2013, is set to lead the team in a competitive event, following John Obi Mikel’s retirement from international football after the 2021 AFCON. The Super Eagles are set to depart for Cote d’Ivoire today on an 80-minute chartered flight to Abidjan.