Sanwo-Olu: Super Eagles capable of winning AFCON 2024


l-r: Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Mr Gafaar Oluwatoyin; Director, Corporate Communications, VISA West Africa, Niyi Adebiyi; Vice President, Cluster Country Manager, Mr Andrew Uaboi; Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Marketing Director, VISA West Africa, Oluwaseun Adaramola; Director, Government Engagement, VISA West Africa, Chidozie Arinze and Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende during an official presentation ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Trophy to the Governor by VISA (Title Sponsor of AFCON), at the Lagos House, Marina, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023.

By Florence Onuegbu

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday charged the Super Eagles to win the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON trophy as he noted that team have the physical skills needed to be victorious in the tournament.

Sanwo-Olu spoke wheh he received the trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), ahead of the opening of the tournament in Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in 2024.

According to him, with the right player selection and proper preparation, Super Eagles will make Nigeria proud.

The trophy, arrived from Morocco and touched down in Lagos on Thursday.

The trophy was presented to Sanwo-Olu by the Visa team, led by the Vice-President and Head of West Africa Cluster, Andrew Uaboi.

Visa is the official digital payment provider approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Receiving the trophy at the State House Marina, Sanwo-Olu said that the symbolic gesture reinforced the importance the nation attached to talent development.

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He said that Nigerians looked forward to interesting contest and exciting moments at 2023 AFCON.

”AFCON may be a continental competition but the platform has grown over the years to be global brand. The world is patiently waiting for the opening match to kick off.

”We are looking forward to exciting moments when the competition starts in January. We are fully committed to making our team coming out strong and compete in the league,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that while AFCON may be a global brand, he expected CAF to inject local flavour in the contest.

He urged the Federation to engage indigenous skills to help in diverse areas and make the organisation of the game better.

The governor said that Lagos would continue to support development of local football talents and sustain the excitement in sports.

Speaking, Uaboi thanked Sanwo-Olu for hosting the team, noting that Lagos was chosen as the host of the trophy’s tour, given its position in the country as a hub for sports.

The trophy will move to Egypt on Friday and will crisscross all the 24 participating countries before landing in Abidjan – the host city. (NAN)(

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