According to Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, Nigeria's AFCON 2023 victory against Cameroon transcends tribe and religion.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria advanced to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinals on Saturday after defeating longtime rivals the Indomitable Cameroon 2-0.
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Before Victor Osimhen's relentless pressure and intimidation of the Cameroon defense resulted in Lookman's goal in the 36th minute, the Nigerians' early Semi Ajayi goal was disallowed following a VAR review in this round of 16.
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The Indomitable Lions were then held at bay by a team that has proven impervious at this AFCON, and in front of 22,085 spectators at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Lookman ensured victory in the 90th minute.
Ahmed Musa explains AFCON 2023
Following a security breach in the Kwahaslalek community and other areas of the Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State earlier this week, Musa issued a call for calm.
Over thirty people were reportedly killed and multiple houses were burned yesterday in Kwahaslalek and the other communities after gunmen disobeyed the Plateau State government's 24-hour curfew on the Mangu Local Government Area.
Following the victory against Cameroon, Musa explained the importance of unity to teh country Nigeria on social media
He said, "Celebrating the Super Eagles’ journey to the AFCON quarter-finals – a testament to the power of unity on the football field. This picture shows the genuine happiness we all feel.
"In the beautiful game, we stand united, transcending tribe and religion. Let this victory be a reminder that our strength lies in coming together.
"Amidst the challenges our nation faces, let’s use the spirit of football to bridge divides and foster harmony.
"It’s time to kick out the negativity, end the unnecessary killings, rivalry, and embrace the love that sports bring. ❤️
"Join hands for peace, goals, and a brighter future. ❤️"
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