Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu says Super Eagles used AFCON 2023 to bring Nigerians together.
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But after Franck Kessie leveled the score in the 62nd minute, Sebastian Haller scored the game-winning goal in the 81st.
Ivory Coast has won the trophy just three times in their history, after winning it in 1992 and 2015.
However, it turned out to be the final heartbreak for the three-time winners, Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu hails Super Eagles
Following the defeat, Lagos State Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu took to social media to praise the Super Eagles' effort at the AFCON.
He stated that they have brought the nation together throughout the course of the AFCON.
He said, "A very sad loss for the Super Eagles. They gave their all in this tournament, but in the end, it was left to fine margins.
"Over the course of the tournament, we brought together thousands of people to enjoy football across 25 viewing centres as our team carried the hopes and dreams of the nation.
"In victory and in loss, this team has done us proud, and we will fondly remember this AFCON as a powerful force that brought us all together.
"Congratulations to William Troost-Ekong for being crowned the AFCON Player of the Tournament.
"Well done to our champs, let’s rebuild and go again. 🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬."
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