SPORTS minister John Enoh has told the Super Eagles to ensure they win the Africa Cup of Nations trophy after qualifying for the tournament, which will be held in Cote d’Ivoire in January and February next year.
The three-time African champions demolished Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in Uyo yesterday, with Victor Osimhen grabbing a hat-trick as they finished top of qualifying Group A with 15 points from six matches.
Enoh, who was appointed recently by the new government of President Bola Tinubu to replace Sunday Dare, praised the performance of the team before making his trophy demand.
“On the behalf of all Nigerians, I congratulate the Super Eagles for making the country proud with such an incredible performance,” Enoh, who was at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to watch the match, wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter, last night.
“While this wraps up our qualification gracefully, I want to charge the team to go out against all odds in Ivory Coast next year.
“We want the AFCON trophy to land in Nigeria and all hands will be on deck to make this happen.”
The former senator promised that his ministry will give the Super Eagles its full backing as they seek to return to the summit of African football.
“The ministry will work round the clock to ensure the team gets the best preparation possible, in our quest to bring glory to Nigeria,” Enoh added.
“Our players have displayed commitment to the national colours and I hope that the renewed sense of patriotism remains in place to catalyse the team at the AFCON.”
Nigeria last won the AFCON title in 2013 in South Africa and they only reached the round of 16 before crashing out to Tunisia at the last edition in Cameroon last year.
PHOTO: Sports minister John Enoh (left) at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo during yesterday’s AFCON qualifier between Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.