The Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, has embarked on a journey to Côte d’Ivoire to witness the showdown between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and South Africa in the semi-final of the 2023 African Cup of Nations.
This announcement was made in a statement signed by Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media & Communications.
“At the behest of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima has departed Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, for Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to extend the President’s staunch support to the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they face South Africa,” Nkwocha conveyed on X.
The clash between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa is scheduled to take place at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire today at 6 p.m.
Nkwocha emphasized that the Vice President’s visit to Cote D’Ivoire would reinforce the profound connection between football and national identity in Nigeria.
He added that Shettima’s presence would not only uplift the Super Eagles on the field but also serve as a unifying force for millions of Nigerians rooting for the team from their homes.
Despite initial skepticism, this year’s AFCON has witnessed the Super Eagles soar to remarkable heights, establishing themselves as formidable contenders for the title, which would mark their fourth in history.
With a stellar performance in the group stages and a thrilling victory in the quarter-final, they have solidified their position as strong contenders.
As they embark on their 15th semi-final, Nigeria holds the record for most appearances at this stage.
The Super Eagles aim to replicate the triumph of 2013 when they clinched the trophy in South Africa under the guidance of the late coach Stephen Keshi.
“Vice President Shettima’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire resonates as a compelling call for national solidarity and backing,” Nkwocha remarked.
“As the Super Eagles gear up for their pivotal semi-final clash, Nigerians worldwide are encouraged to raise their voices and rally behind their team.”
The Special Adviser to Tinubu on Media and Communications urged the entire nation to stand united in support of the Super Eagles as they strive for a spot in the final of the 2023 AFCON.