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AFCON 2023: Tinubu Confers National Honours On Super Eagles

They were also given one flat each and a plot of land in the FCT


Tinubu Confers National Honours On Super Eagles
President Tinubu in a photo shoot with the Super Eagles at Abuja after conferring them National Honours

 

President Bola Tinubu has awarded the Super Eagles team the Member of the Order of the Niger(MON) national honour for their impressive display at the just concluded AFCON 2023 tournament held in Ivory Coast.

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to hosts Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Sunday, but President Bola Ahmed Tinubu said he was proud of the side’s resilience.

Each player in the national squad received the Member of the Order of the Niger, one of the country’s highest honours, as well as a flat and a piece of land in the region around the capital.


President Tinubu and the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro at the State House in Abuja
President Tinubu and the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro at the State House in Abuja

 


Tinubu welcomed the returning team at the presidential villa in Abuja, saying he was proud of the side — even if it was tough to stomach the defeat.

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All the team members and officials were in attendance including Alex Iwobi, who had faced cyber-attacks over the loss to Ivory Coast

 


President Bola Tinubu conferring MON honours on Alex Iwobi

“Let this passing event not dispirit us but bring us together to work harder,” he said.

“To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit.

“My administration is here to make dreams come true,” he said.


President Tinubu and Super Eagles Victor Osimhen at the State House

Since coming to office last year, Tinubu has ended a fuel subsidy and currency controls, leading to a tripling of petrol prices and a spike in living costs as the naira slides sharply against the dollar.

Many Nigerians had hoped victory would bring some much-needed cheer as they struggled under the economic crisis.


The Super eagles during their visit to the State House where they were conferred National Honours by President Bola Tinubu on Thursday
The Super Eagles during their visit to the State House on Thursday where they were conferred National Honours by President Bola Tinubu 

There was so much excitement in the run-up to the match that the health ministry in Lagos issued advice to fans, warning them to “stay calm”, take breaks, keep hydrated and “be prepared for emergencies”.

They now join the ranks of Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, HRM Eze Isaac Ikonne, Dr. Faisal Shuaibu, Chief Silva Ejeh Ameh, Alh. Kamoru Ibitoye Yusuf, Mallam Ibrahim Okposi, Alhaji Shehu Uthman, Barr. Chris Ezem, Davido and Teni to have received the national honours.


President Tinubu and William Troost Ekong at the State House where the Super Eagles were awarded National Honours
President Tinubu and William Troost Ekong at the State House where the Super Eagles were awarded National Honours