The Confederation of African Football Federations (CAF), has revealed that Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu will be attending the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.
CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, made the announcement during his press conference on Friday at the Palace de la Culture in Trechville, Abidjan.
Super Eagles of Nigeria and hosts Cote d’Ivoire will clash in the final of the tournament at the Alassanne Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan, on Sunday.
Motsepe was asked when Africa could host the World Cup again and he disclosed that he will have a conversation with Tinubu about it when he arrives Abidjan.
He said; “Nigeria must put in a bid. The Nigerian president (Bola Tinubu) is coming to watch the final on Sunday. I will have a conversation with him about it.”
Nigeria’s Vice President Kashim Shettima was in attendance when the Super Eagles defeated South Africa 4-2 on penalties in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Prior to that, Nigeria’s Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi also went to the stadium to watch the Super Eagles play.
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Nigerian national team players and officials held a minute of silence in honour of some fans who died during their semi-final win over South Africa.
There were series of reports of people collapsing in different parts of the country while watching the high stakes semi-final game on Wednesday, Feb 7.
Some of the five reported deceased fans include APC chieftain, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Deputy Bursar, Kwara State University, Malete, Ayuba Abdullahi and an NYSC member.
Nigeria qualified for the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nigerians, after defeating Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalties.
During the Super Eagles meeting on Thursday, February 8, captain of the Nigerian team, Ahmed Musa shared the news with the rest of the squad.
The 31-year-old Sivasspor forward prayed for the souls of the departed, as they stood and observed the moment of silence.