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Tinubu Hails Osimhen, Oshoala, Nnadozie on Winning CAF Football Awards

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By Eric Elezuo

President Bola Tinubu has extended congratulatory messages to three Nigerian football players for their great feats at this year’s Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Awards held in Morocco.

The footballers are Victor Osimhen, who won the African Footballer of the Year (men), Asisat Oshoala, who the African Footballer of the Year (women) and Chiamaka Nnadozie as the best in the goal keeping category.

In a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelali, Tinubu applauded the trio for their “outstanding performances on both national and international stages, and for being sources of pride to the nation and an inspiration for aspiring footballers across the continent.”

While expressing great joy at the feats, the President prayed that more successes will trail their career as they continue the journey.

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PRESIDENT TINUBU HAILS OSIMHEN, OSHOALA, NNADOZIE ON AFRICAN PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AWARD

President Bola Tinubu congratulates Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, on winning the CAF 2023 Men’s Player of the Year award.

The President also celebrates the remarkable achievements of Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, who clinched the 2023 CAF Women’s Player of The Year for the sixth time, and Chiamaka Nnadozie, who was awarded the Woman Goalkeeper of the Year, as well as the Super Falcons for emerging the Women’s National Team of the Year.

The President commends the trio of Osimhen, Oshoala and Nnadozie for their outstanding performances on both national and international stages, and for being sources of pride to the nation and an inspiration for aspiring footballers across the continent.

”Watching the great ambassadors of Nigeria stand atop the podium as the African Footballers of the Year, in the men and women categories, on Monday night in Marrakesh, Morocco, has strengthened our belief that with hard work, perseverance, and the help of God, everything this nation needs for greatness is within us and available to us.

”I commend Victor and Asisat for not forgetting their roots and days of humble beginnings in the game they love so much and for acknowledging the role of indigenous coaches in shaping their careers.

”I join all Nigerian fans in praying that this well-deserved honour will be the beginning of a continued journey filled with success, triumphs, and the fulfilment of all your footballing dreams,” the President says.

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Tinubu Confers MON Honours on Super Eagles Players, Gifts Them Land, Flats

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President Bola Tinubu has confered national honours on all members of the Super Eagles squad that won the silver medal at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire. 

The president also granted a plot of land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and a flat to each of them for their feat at the just concluded competition.

Nigeria’s run to claim the country’s fourth AFCON title came to a disappointing end after the Eagles lost 2-1 to Cote d’Ivoire in the final on Sunday.

The Eagles took the lead in the match after William Troost-Ekong scored a powerful header in the first half, but Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller scored in the second half for the Ivorians.

While receiving the team at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, Tinubu honoured every member of the silver medal-winning squad with Member of the Order of Niger (MON).

The president then praised the team’s resilience, sportsmanship and can-do attitude.

He also thanked the players for lifting the nation’s spirit with their performance at AFCON.

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Super Eagles Honour Nigerians Who Died During Game Against South Africa with One Minute Silence, Prayers

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The Super Eagles players and their coaching crew on Thursday observed a minute silence in honour of four identified Nigerians, who lost their lives as high tension build up during the semi final encounter against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Leading the process during the recreation time at the camp in Abidjan, the team captain, Ahmed Musa, noted that four Nigerians died while cheering the team, and called for a minute silence in honour.

Afterwards, he mandated a member to say a prayer for the repose of their souls while promising that the team will do within its power to win the trophy on Sunday so that the dead don’t in vain.

It was reported that a former member of the House of Representatives, Cairo Ojougboh, Deputy Bursar of Kwara State University, Ayuba Abdullahi; billionaire businessman based in Ivory Coast, Chief Osondu Nwoye and a serving NYSC member, who was simply identified as Samuel, all died from heart related concerns while watching the tension soaked encounter.

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AFCON: Glo Lauds Super Eagles, Urges Team to Go for Cup

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Digital telecommunications solutions provider and notable sponsor of Nigerian football, Globacom, has congratulated the Super Eagles, the country’s football team, on their victory over South Africa, which  propelled the team to the final of the competition. The company called on the team to go for the cup in the final match on Sunday.

The Nigerian team sent home the daring Bafana Bafana on Wednesday in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, 4 goals to 2 on penalties. The score was tied at one goal apiece after extra time.

Nigeria will on Sunday play the hosts, Cote d’Ivoire, in the final in Abidjan. In the second semifinal match, the Ivoriens defeated Congo DR.

“We congratulate the players and officials for qualifying for the final. They have made the country proud, and inspired hope in every young Nigerian. They have once again demonstrated the resilience and can-do-spirit that Nigerians are known for”, Globacom said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.

The company also affirmed that the Nigerian squad was capable of winning the championship game and called on them to overcome the challenge of their upcoming opponents to bring the trophy back to Nigeria.

Globacom, led by its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., has been the biggest backer of Nigerian football over the years. The company has committed more than N20 billion supporting various sports programmes, the national teams, and the professional football league in Nigeria.

Dr. Adenuga gave the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, a $1 million gift in 2013 for winning the 29th African Cup of Nations, which took place in South Africa.

His businesses have contributed to the growth of the sport in the nation by sponsoring the Nigerian national teams for N2 billion in 2011 and the Nigerian Premier League for three years at a cost of N1.9 billion.

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