The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the
February 25 election, Peter Obi, has assured the Nigerian Super Eagles of his
support and prayers in the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament.
Obi has joined other Nigerians at the Ivory Coast in support
of the players ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash against
Angola this evening.
Speaking during an interview with Arise TV on Friday, Obi
said the players have done well, noting that their success so far was his
motivation for being in Ivory Coast to witness the match.
The former Anambra governor, who praised the efforts of the
players, however, called for more investment in sports for the development to
foster more success on the global stage.
Highlighting the significance of sports in national
development, Obi said, “The country needs to do more to have more stars but
what they have done so far is commendable. They have all my prayers and support
and all my prayers are for their success and the country because their success
is the success of the country.
“As you know they have become one of our most united forms
and it’s critical that we invest in them.
Brazil have used sport critically for development. It is an area of development
that we need to invest in.
“When we talk about investment, we are talking about health,
education and pulling people out of poverty and that includes investing in
“We can do a lot with sport. Congratulations to Nigeria,
they’ve done very well and that is the reason why I’m here like every other
ordinary Nigerian. We need to do more.”
The Super Eagles will face Angola, in the AFCON 2023
Quarterfinals by 6 pm today after Ademola Lookman’s brace gave Nigeria the win
over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a hard-fought game.
Since the beginning of the tournament, the Super Eagles
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