In a significant development, the President of the Confederation of African Football Federations (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, has confirmed the attendance of President Bola Tinubu at the much-anticipated 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final between Nigeria and the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire. The announcement was made during a press conference held in Abidjan on Friday, where Motsepe expressed his optimism about the upcoming final on Sunday.
Motsepe, who is evidently looking forward to the grand event, shared his excitement about the presence of President Tinubu, stating, “I was told the President of Nigeria is coming. I was sitting next to the Vice President during the Nigeria-South Africa game. While I can’t show excitement when any nation scores, they said they could see my happiness. And yes, I am always happy.”
During the press conference, Motsepe was also questioned about the possibility of Africa hosting the World Cup again, to which he responded, “Nigeria must put in a bid.” He revealed his intention to discuss this matter with President Tinubu on Sunday.
The CAF President commended Nigeria, expressing his admiration for the country, “If you haven’t been to Lagos, you haven’t been to Africa. As president of 54 member federations, I owe them all a duty, but I am proud of Nigeria.”
In a notable presence at the semi-finals on Wednesday, Vice President Kashim Shettima attended the thrilling encounter where the Super Eagles secured their spot in the final by defeating South Africa 4-2 on penalties.
With President Tinubu set to attend the final, the event promises to be a grand spectacle, further solidifying the importance of football as a unifying force across the continent.
Source: The Punch
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