Nigeria’s aspirations were shattered as the Super Eagles fell to Ivory Coast in the final match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), sparking widespread disappointment among fans and celebrities.
The final match on Sunday, February 11, 2024, saw Ivory Coast clinch victory with a 2-1 scoreline, securing their status as the champions of AFCON 2023. Despite Nigeria initially taking the lead with a goal, they were unable to maintain their advantage, eventually succumbing to defeat as Ivory Coast rallied with two goals in the second half.
Nigerians were left discontented and disheartened following the match, with many expressing their dissatisfaction and disappointment. Here are some notable celebrities’ reactions to the Super Eagles’ loss to Ivory Coast.
Renowned singer, Charly Boy took to social media (X) to acknowledge the Super Eagles’ effort but admitted that Ivory Coast emerged as the superior team, urging Nigerians to confront the challenges facing them.
Similarly, popular singer, Teni was visibly emotional, shedding tears over the defeat and expressing her frustration at the Ivorian team’s triumph over the Super Eagles.
Even the acclaimed Super Eagles clergyman, Pastor Jimmy Odukoya, offered words of praise for the team’s performance throughout the tournament, acknowledging the joy they brought to Nigerians despite the ultimate defeat. He reassured fans that the Super Eagles would bounce back stronger in the future.
Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo singled out Nigerian goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali as her hero of the night, despite the team’s loss, while issuing a playful warning to avoid upsetting her in the aftermath of the defeat.
Rapper, Blaqbonez echoed widespread sentiments of dissatisfaction, criticizing the Super Eagles’ performance throughout the tournament and calling attention to their shortcomings, particularly in the final match.
Overall, Nigeria’s loss in the AFCON final left a deep impact on fans and celebrities alike, highlighting the highs and lows of football fandom and the resilience of the Super Eagles amidst adversity.