AFCON 2013: Goodluck Jonathan will not attend 2013 Nations Cup final
Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations – Contrary to media reports, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan will not attend Sunday’s final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations between Nigeria and Burkina Faso in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to the Nigerian presidency on Friday.
‘To further boost the morale and spirit of the Super Eagles ahead of the AFCON 2013 finals, President Goodluck Jonathan is sending a high-powered delegation led by the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, to represent him and the Federal Government at the match in Johannesburg on Sunday,’ a presidency statement obtained by PANA here Friday said.
‘President Jonathan who, because of urgent official commitments in London and Paris, cannot be physically present in Johannesburg to lead the cheering for the Super Eagles as he would have wished, has charged the delegation to ensure that the members of the team are properly motivated and in the best possible spirits to win a resounding victory for the nation on Sunday,’ the statement said.
The delegation that includes state governors and ministers has been charged with reassuring the team of the President’s ‘full support and best wishes for victory’.
‘They are to also inform the team that President Jonathan will host a dinner reception for them at the State House Banquet Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to personally thank and honour them for their positively transformed performance in South Africa which has undoubtedly re-established Nigeria as a major power in international soccer,’ the statement said.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) fuelled the speculations that President Jonathan will attend the final match when it said the President had confirmed his attendance