The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has emphasized that the Super Eagles are fully prepared to give their best in the upcoming 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on January 13, 2024 in Cote d’Ivoire.
During a meeting with the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to Nigeria, His Excellency Kalilou Traore, Gusau commended the Ivorian government for their significant investment in stadiums and infrastructure to ensure a successful hosting of the tournament, 40 years after their last hosting in 1984.
“I have been receiving regular briefings on the preparations from the President of Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation, Yacine Idriss Diallo, who is a personal friend. I am aware that the government of Cote d’Ivoire has really invested in stadia and general infrastructure to make the AFCON a success and a huge spectacle.
“Our two teams (Super Eagles and Elephants) are in the same group at the finals, and it would be a very interesting game when we play on 18th January. We know the whole of Africa and even the world will be focused on Cote d’Ivoire before, during and after the AFCON, and our team will be ready to do its best. When Cote d’Ivoire hosted the AFCON in 1984, our Eagles finished second. This time, we will work very hard to emerge as champions.”
Earlier, Ambassador Traore congratulated the NFF on the fact that Nigeria is one of the 24 participating nations at the upcoming AFCON, and used the opportunity to invite the NFF leadership to the Ivorian National Day, to be celebrated at the Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire on Friday, 17th November.