AFCON: Senator Ubah felicitates Ivory Coast, asks Super Eagles to move on

The Anambra 2025 hopeful and Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah has congratulated winners of the 2023 AFCON tournament, Cote D’Ivoire as he encouraged Nigerian Super Eagles not to relent.

Senator Ubah who was in Cote D’Ivoire on Sunday to cheer the Super Eagles that came second in the competition, gave some solutions on how to improve sports, especially football in Nigeria.

In a statement signed by himself, Ubah enjoined the Super Eagles of Nigeria to remain focused especially as they prepare for their next World Cup qualifier, which would be played in South Africa in June.

He said the future of the Super Eagles was brighter.

” On Sunday February 11, 2024, I was in Abidjan with the Nigerian Vice-President, Kashim Shettima, distinguished colleagues and other notable personalities to support our Super Eagles at the final match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

“Even though they lost to Cote d’Voire, I commend them for doing their best to reach the finals. Football is a game of love and in every match or tournament, a winner must emerge.

“The event afforded me the opportunity to meet with old friends and international football officials, which made me reflect on what we can do as public officials to develop our football industry and sports sector.

“I am confident that our nation’s executive and legislative arms will work together to invest more in these critical sectors. Building and renovating more stadiums, training facilities and youth development centres will attract more talents and provide better training opportunities for our players, “he said.

Continuing, Ubah said: ” I also believe that the result of the match will motivate government and relevant stakeholders to invest more in youth academies and grassroots football programmes.

“By identifying and nurturing young talent from a young age, we can ensure a steady supply of skilled players for our national teams. This also includes providing coaching and education programmes to develop not only their football skills but also their personal and academic growth.

“We should also prioritize the development of coaching and refereeing. By providing training and certification programmes for coaches and referees, we can improve the overall quality of our football matches. This will also help in the development of local talent and ensure fair play in our leagues.

“In the spirit of sportsmanship, I would like to once again congratulate Cote d’Ivoire for emerging as the African Champion. Our Super Eagles should remain focused, especially as they prepare for their next World Cup qualifier, which will be played in South Africa in June. The future will be brighter. “

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