Super Eagles Manager, Jose Peseiro, on Wednesday, reiterated his determination to win the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
He said everybody involved in the preparations for Nigeria’s participation at the championship are working to ensure that the Super Eagles got all they need to excel at the event.
Speaking at a meeting convened by Sports Minister, John Owan Enoh, in his Abuja office, Peseiro conveyed his appreciation for the collaborative efforts and reiterated his commitment to steer the national team towards excellence.
Peseiro highlighted the significance of robust preparation and emphasised that the technical crew would work with the players to sort out grey areas and bring joy to Nigerians.
Earlier, the minister commended the dedication and professionalism exhibited by Peseiro and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), stating that necessary efforts were ongoing to settle the coach’s salary and assured him of an enabling environment to help the team thrive.
The minister reiterated the country’s commitment to winning the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, saying that 10 years is a long time to wait for the crown.
At the meeting, which the minister said was aimed at fostering synergy and solidifying a comprehensive roadmap to ensure Super Eagles’ optimal preparations and success at the tournament, he emphasised the significance of meticulous planning and cohesive strategies to propel the national team to victory at the AFCON.
He said: “Our country is so passionate about football, such that amidst all other sports, football is about the only sport that has an entry in the nation’s national budget. That is how important football is, because whatever happens to it happens to us as a country.”
“After 10 years, the country is thirsty to win the AFCON. It will matter a great deal to the Nigerian people, and to the government of President Bola Tinubu. It is important to not just leave the task to the NFF alone, but the government is also interested in being able to tell the Nigerian people what is being done in that regard.”
Also speaking at the meeting, NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau, assured Nigerians that there is no need to panic, saying that all hands are on deck, working round the clock to ensure the country flies high in Cote d’Ivoire.
Côte d’Ivoire 2024 Africa Cup of Nations will hold from January 13 to February 11, with Nigeria in the same group with hosts, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.