By Monsurah Olatunji
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid forward, Emmanuel Oluwasheyi Adebayor, has declared his support for Nigeria ahead of their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final clash against Ivory Coast.
Born in Togo to Nigerian parents, the retired striker has always been a vocal supporter of the Super Eagles and its players at club level.
Crowned 2008 CAF Player of the Year, the ex-Manchester City and Tottenham star helped Togo to the quarter-finals of the AFCON 2013 tournament in South Africa where Nigeria became the eventual winner.
Speaking after Nigeria’s win over South Africa, the former Monaco forward revealed he will be supporting Osimhen to win the tournament despite his goal drought.
Victor Osimhen scored in Nigeria’s game against South Africa but it was ruled out after VAR recalled a foul in the build-up by Alhassan Yusuf, resulting in a penalty kick for the opposition.
It was not the first time Osimhen’s goal was ruled out at this tournament. In fact, the Napoli talisman has seen three goals chalked off with just one goal and two assists registered to his name so far.
“I’m here in the Super Eagles hotel to support the team and offer my support to Osimhen,” he was quoted by Daily Post.
“He is doing well and is a pride to our continent. We all must rally around him to give him our support.”