AFCON 2023 Winner: Shehu Sani Taunts Prophets 'for Going AWOL', Nigerians React

AFCON 2023 Winner: Shehu Sani Taunts Prophets 'for Going AWOL', Nigerians React

  • Former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has poked fun at Nigerian pastors who have made it a norm to release prophecies on sports and football
  • reports that the 2023 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is ongoing in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Senator Sani queried why Nigerian clerics failed to unveil prophecies concerning the country that will be crowned winner come February 11 journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering sports and football

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - Shehu Sani, a former senator from Kaduna state, has mocked Nigerian prophets for ‘refusing to release prophecy on who will the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)’. reports that AFCON 2023 is being played in Côte d’Ivoire, with the Super Eagles of Nigeria already in the knockout round.

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Senegal is the reigning AFCON champions. Photo credits: TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Senator Shehu Sani
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Hosts Côte d’Ivoire, and heavyweight of the continent, Ghana, are at risk of not making it past the group stage.

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Sani wrote on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle on Monday night, January 22:

“Nigerian ‘Prophets’ refused to prophesied on who will win the AFCON; Why na?”

Sani's AFCON comment: Netizens react

Following the former federal lawmaker's post, internet users reacted. captures some comments on X below:

@SabinaNkiru wrote:

"Na only political vision them fit see."

Oscar Iyke Jnr said:

"The election failed prophecies taught them a lesson they won’t forget in a hurry."

Elochukwu Ohagi commented:

"People are now awake and they have reduced the ridiculing of Christianity." reports that AFCON 2023 which started on January 13 will end on February 11 at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. The Lions of Teranga are the defending champions.

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Stakeholder reacts to Tinubu's motivational step

Meanwhile, reacting to the decision of President Bola Tinubu to approve N12 billion to clear owed salaries of Nigerian national teams, Suleiman Ndagi, a sports blogger, said the payment running up to 15 months "is a wonderful way to motivate our national football team players".

Ndagi told

"I must say that it shows a marked difference in the way this administration would run sports as compared to the last.
"I recall how just days before the last AFCON which happened in the immediate past administration the captain of the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa revealed at a press conference that players were being owed up to two match bonuses.
"Moreso at that time (last AFCON) the country had not hired Jose Peseiro. Still within the last administration and spilling over into the current, Peseiro along with other national team coaches are owed 15 months till date.

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"This is to tell you how the Muhammadu Buhari led administration relegated football and of course other sports to the background.
"If this policy can be sustained, I think the Tinubu administration deserves kudos."

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AFCON: Singer Godfrey expresses concern for Ghanaians

Earlier, reported that popular gospel singer, Tim Godfrey, expressed concern over the possible elimination of Ghana at the ongoing AFCON.

This was after the Ghanaian Black Stars were unable to defeat Mozambique in their last group stage match and ended up winning only two points in their group.

Amid their impending elimination, Godfrey took to his social media timeline to query Ghanaians over their national team's performance.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at