Daily Trust (Abuja)

30 January 2013

Nigeria/South Africa: President Jonathan to Grace Afcon Final

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has promised to be in South Africa to watch the Final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa if the country goes that far.

The Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi revealed to the team while speaking after the team's qualification for the second round of the competition.

The final match is scheduled for February 10th.

"President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR has already promised players and officials that he would be in South Africa to watch the tournament's final match on February 10 if the Super Eagles reach that stage."

Mallam Abdullahi express optimism that the Super Eagles will progress to the final of the championship.

Abdullahi insisted on staying on in the Rainbow Nation to see out theEagles' group phase campaign and only departed for Nigeria on Wednesday morning, after the 1980 and 1994 champions earned a quarter final ticket in Rustenburg on Tuesday night.

"I have to go back to Nigeria. I'm delighted we eventually made it to the quarter finals, and kudos to the players for a job well-done. I believe they will go all the way and I will be back to watch them play the final match on February 10," said Abdullahi.

Nigeria take on tournament favourites Cote d'Ivoire at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday in one of the quarter final matches.

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