- Despite Nigeria's loss, VP Kashim Shettima has hailed the Super Eagles over their performance at the 2023 AFCON final
- Shettima maintained that the national team players did their best and there was nothing to regret over their performance
- According to the vice president, the Eagles should celebrate for coming close to winning the trophy of the tournament
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
Vice President Kashim Shettima has urged the Super Eagles of Nigeria to brace up and celebrate their performance at the just-concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023, held in Côte d’Ivoire.
Shetima hails Super Eagles after loss to Ivory Coast
Recall that Cote d’Ivoire, the 2023 AFCON host, is Africa's new champion after the Elephants crushed the Eagles from a goal down in the first half to secure victory in the second half.
Two second-half goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller gave the Elephants their third AFCON triumph.
"Yes, we have tried our best and be rest assured that there is always a next time. You must resolve in your mind and know that the tragedy of life lies in not reaching your goal, but it is a tragedy in life having no goal to reach.
"The nation is proud of you, you are the source of our national unity, because when the Super Eagles plays, no race, no region, no religion, you unite the nation.
"It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled but it is a calamity not to dream. There is always a next time, we are proud of you guys.
"Some countries exited three weeks ago, we have come this far, so close, be rest assured that we will come stronger in the next tournament. There is a cause for celebration."
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William Troost Ekong gets best player award
Ekong played a pivotal role in guiding the Super Eagles from the initial stages to the final of the competition.
Despite the early success, the joy was short-lived as Franck Kessie and Sebastian Haller managed to overturn the lead.
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