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‘We’ll soar again’: Troost-Ekong, Iheanacho vow after AFCON 2023 final heartbreak


SUPER Eagles of Nigeria stars William Troost-Ekong and Kelechi Iheanacho have promised that the team will bounce back from their AFCON 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Cote d’Ivoire.

Troost-Ekong scored first for the Super Eagles last night in the final but Franck Kessie and Sebastian Haller netted for the Elephants as the hosts won 2-1 at a packed Alassane Outtara Stadium in Abijdan.

“Naija thank you! I love you die.
No words can justify the feeling of losing a final,” Troost-Ekong, who captained the side throughout the competition and was named Player of the Tournament, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, tonight.

“I’m proud of our team, our nation, our spirit. Heads up, keep trying, we will soar again. Congratulations CIV!”

Iheanacho, who made only two substitute appearances in the tournament but scored the winning penalty in the semi-final shootout against South Africa, also sounded positive about the Super Eagles’ future.

“Normally na this one dey pain pass wey you don see the trophy but you no touch am. Ba wahala,” the Leicester City forward posted in pidgin today.

“We will be back. Thank you to all Nigerians that supported us. God bless you all, let’s keep believing.Thank you Most High God.”

The Super Eagles conceded only two goals in their six matches prior to the final but were unable to prevent the hosts from scoring twice last night and winning their third AFCON title.

Up next for the Super Eagles are 2026 World Cup qualifying matches in June, when they host South Africa and travel to Benin Republic.

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