Lagos, Nigeria: the Super Eagles of Nigeria embarked on their journey to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, departing from Lagos on Wednesday morning.
Dressed in traditional white kaftans paired with vibrant green caps, both officials and players proudly showcased the national colours, setting the tone for what promises to be an exciting and challenging tournament.
The departure followed a week-long preparation period in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Jose Peseiro’s squad fine-tuned their strategies and honed their skills in anticipation of the prestigious continental competition.
The team’s arrival in Lagos from Abu Dhabi on Tuesday was met with enthusiasm, marking the final leg of their pre-tournament preparations.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu played host to the Super Eagles on Tuesday night, organizing a farewell dinner to honour the team and wish them success in their AFCON campaign.
The gesture underscored the support and encouragement the team enjoys from the Nigerian leadership and the nation.
The contingent, comprising seasoned players and coaching staff, will be calling the Pullman Hotel in Abidjan their home base during the tournament.
As they settle into their new surroundings, expectations are high for the three-time African champions, who find themselves in Group A alongside hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea Bissau.
The opening match for the Super Eagles is scheduled against Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium in Ebimpe on Sunday.
Fans and football enthusiasts across Nigeria are eagerly anticipating the team’s performance in this crucial fixture, hoping for a victorious start to their AFCON campaign.
The choice of Ivory Coast as the tournament host adds an extra layer of excitement as the Super Eagles aim to navigate through a challenging group stage and progress deep into the competition.
The players, clad in their distinctive white and green attire, carry with them the aspirations of a nation and the weight of the rich footballing history associated with Nigerian football.
As the Super Eagles spread their wings in Ivory Coast, the nation watches with bated breath, anticipating a memorable and successful AFCON campaign.
The journey has begun, and Nigeria stands united in support of its footballing heroes, hoping that the Super Eagles will once again soar to new heights on the African stage.
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