Former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has provided an intriguing perspective on President Bola Tinubu’s decision to skip the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in Cote d’Ivoire. Sani suggests that divine intervention might have spared the President from potential public backlash following the Super Eagles’ defeat.
The Elephants of Ivory Coast secured their third AFCON title in a dramatic match against the Super Eagles, leaving many Nigerian fans disheartened.
Sani, in a post on X, expressed, “If the President had attended that match, na only God go save am from una koboko,” hinting at the possible unfavorable reaction President Tinubu could have faced from Nigerians in the wake of the defeat.
The Ivorian team’s journey to the final was a rollercoaster, marked by a lackluster performance in the group stages, including a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria. This prompted the dismissal of their coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, and the appointment of Emerse Fae, leading to a remarkable turnaround for the team.
The final showcased Ivory Coast’s dominance, with the team enjoying a significant majority of ball possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities. In contrast, the Super Eagles struggled to impose themselves on the game, evident in their limited possession and shots on goal.
Sani’s perspective adds an interesting angle to the post-match analysis, highlighting the potential impact of President Tinubu’s presence at the AFCON final and the relief he may have experienced by avoiding the aftermath of the Super Eagles’ defeat.