AFCON 2023: Africa is ultimate winner, VP Shettima says
Vice-President Kashim Shettima said Africa was the ultimate winner of the just-concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Côte d’Ivoire.
Mr Shettima stated this on Sunday while reacting to the outcome of the finals between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in a statement by his spokesman, Stanley Nkwocha.
He stated that the tournament had served as a powerful platform to showcase the potential and resilience of Africa.
He added that the tournament showcased African football’s brilliance, passion, and resilience.
According to him, football is a unifying factor transcending race, region, or religion.
“But most importantly, it must be kept in mind that no matter which way the pendulum swings, Africa is the ultimate winner. The unity of Africa, our tolerance threshold and cohabitation are even more important than the victory itself.
“We witnessed dazzling display of skills, tactical battles fought with unwavering determination, and moments of sporting camaraderie that warmed the hearts of millions,” said Mr Shettima.
He added, “We cheered our teams, yes, but we also marvelled at the artistry of our players, shared in their successes and commiserated with their defeats.”
Mr Shettima emphasised that the tournament’s success belonged to every participating nation. He also said the tournament’s outcome belonged to the dedicated fans, who roared with unyielding support.
“Nigeria may not have lifted the trophy (Sunday) tonight, but Africa truly emerged as the champion. This tournament has served as a powerful reminder that our strength lies in our unity.
“We are more than just individual nations; we are a vibrant tapestry woven together by shared history, culture, and dreams. Let this tournament be a catalyst for further collaboration and cooperation across the continent,” the vice-president explained.
The vice-president urged Africans to channel the passion and unity witnessed on the football pitch into tangible progress in all spheres of life.
“Once again, congratulations to the Super Eagles! Congratulations to Nigeria. Congratulations to Cote d’Ivoire, congratulations to Africa,” he stressed.
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