In the thrilling semi-final match, Nigeria defeated South Africa 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake. Nigeria’s replacement, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored the winning goal.
The game ended 1-1 during extra time. On Sunday, February 11, the hosts, Ivory Coast, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will square off against the three-time winners.
President Tinubu responded by pleading with the Super Eagles to go above and beyond in their upcoming match Writing on his X account on Wednesday night. Tinubu said;
“From the Southernmost cape of Africa to the Plains of Mauritania and the coast of West Africa….You have made us all Proud to be Nigerians! “Go… Soar in the AFCON Finals. Well done, boys!
Similarly, in a tweet on his X account, Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate for 2023, Peter Obi, praised the Eagles for their tenacity and preparedness to bring home the trophy.
“Today was yet another victorious outing for Nigeria as our National Team, the Super Eagles displayed great fighting spirit, beating the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to take Nigeria to the finals in the ongoing AFCON games. “Our team has maintained great determination, professionalism, and patriotism with a high energy level, signifying their readiness to bring home the trophy.
“I congratulate them, and our dear nation for this victory, while appreciating everyone who has contributed to our victorious journey so far. As we prepare for the finals, and get ready to lift the trophy together, we remain hopeful that, together as one, we will lift the banner of unity, peace, and progress in the New Nigeria we look forward to. Nigeria is a great nation with great people! -PO”