AFCON 2023 Final: Ahmed Musa Breaks Silence Following Nigeria’s Defeat Against Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023 Final: Ahmed Musa Breaks Silence Following Nigeria’s Defeat Against Ivory Coast

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations concluded with a clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast
  • The match-up between both West African nations concluded in a win for Les Elephants
  • Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has broken his silence following the AFCON defeat

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ended on a sour note for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Despite entering the finals as favourites with three previous tournament victories under their belt, they suffered a defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast's Les Elephants.

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Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier celebrates with the AFCON trophy following his side's victory against Nigeria. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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A remarkable second-half resurgence, led by the dynamic duo of Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller, turned the tide to nullify the early lead secured by Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong.

This unexpected triumph brought Ivory Coast level with Nigeria in terms of AFCON titles won.

In the wake of the disappointing performance from Jose Peseiro's team, the captain, Ahmed Musa, has finally broken his silence on the defeat.

Musa speaks following AFCON heartbreak

The 31-year-old Super Eagles captain took to social media to air his thoughts on the events that played out with the national team in Ivory Coast.

The Sivasspor forward expressed pride in the performance of the team:

"Reflecting on our journey in the AFCON tournament, I'm filled with immense pride for the Nigerian Super Eagles. Though we may have fallen short of the championship, our unity on the field transcended religious and tribal differences, reminding us of the power of football to bring us together. Despite the twists and turns of the game, our team stood strong, displaying resilience and determination that resonated with fans across the nation."

Saluting the fans for their unwavering support, Musa continued:

"To all our incredible supporters, your unwavering dedication and chants lifted us higher than ever before. Your passion for the game and for our country is truly inspiring. In a time where economic challenges weigh heavily on our shoulders, let us carry the same spirit of unity beyond the football pitch and into every aspect of our lives."

The 2013 Cup of Nations winner concluded with a reminder that unity equals strength, no matter the challenges one faces:

"Let's channel the same energy and comradeship we experienced during the tournament into tackling the obstacles that lie ahead. Let's embrace our diversity as a strength and stand united as one nation, one team, one family. Thank you, Nigeria, for your undying support. Let's continue to strive for greatness, both on and off the field. 🙌🏽💚

The Super Eagles captain's remarks seem aimed at boosting morale and reviving the optimistic energy that carried the players throughout the tournament.

Ivory Coast coach on win vs Nigeria

Sports Brief also reported on Ivory Coast manager, Emerse Fae, speaking after his side’s AFCON win against Nigeria.

The 40-year-old has outlined what he told his players that inspired their impressive display against the Super Eagles.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).