Sanwo-Olu Welcomes AFCON Trophy Ahead of Cote d’Ivoire Tournament

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, on Thursday, received the trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations, ahead of the opening of the tournament in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in 2024.
Sanwo-olu receiving the AFCON trophy
Sanwo-olu receiving the AFCON trophyNANS

Recall that the trophy, arriving from Morocco, 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, "This symbolic gesture reinforces the importance the nation attaches to talent development." He expressed that Nigerians look forward to interesting contests and exciting moments at the 2023 AFCON.

Additionally, Sanwo-Olu charged the Super Eagles to win the trophy, noting that the national team possesses the physical skills needed to be victorious in the tournament. He emphasized that, with the right player selection and proper preparation, the Super Eagles will make Nigeria proud.

”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 come out strong and compete in the league,” he said.

He further noted that, "While AFCON may be a global brand, I expect CAF to inject local flavor into the contest."

"Engage indigenous skills to help in diverse areas and make the game’s organization better."

The governor pledged that Lagos would persist in supporting the development of local football talents and maintaining excitement in sports.

Uaboi expressed gratitude to Sanwo-Olu for hosting the team, highlighting that Lagos was chosen as the host of the trophy’s tour due to its position as a sports hub in the country.

In the meantime, the AFCON trophy is set to move to Egypt on Friday. It will traverse all 24 participating countries before landing in Abidjan, the host city.

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