Government has congratulated South Africa for hosting a successful African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 soccer showpiece for which the Super Eagles of Nigeria were crowned champions after defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the finals last Sunday.
And government has also congratulated the “Super Eagles of Nigeria” for emerging victorious at the just ended 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), ending Zambia’s one year reign as champions.
Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni said the successful hosting of the tournament is testimony of that Southern African region has, and continues to develop the necessary infrastructural capacity to host sporting events of international magnitude.
Mr. Sakeni, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said the Zambian government was happy with the way South Africa successfully hosted the tournament at short notice after the change of venue from Libya.
He said this in a press statement released to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.
“Government also takes this opportunity to congratulate the Republic of South Africa on its successful hosting of the just ended Africa Cup of Nations tournament at short notice after change of venue from Libya to that country,” he said.
And Mr. Sakeni has described the performance of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and ultimate victory as well deserved for a team that put up a scintillating performance, from the start of the tournament on January 19th to the end on February 10th, 2013.
Mr. Sakeni stated that the Zambian people have joined their Nigerian counterparts in celebrating the historic and joyous moment of lifting the coveted trophy.
“As the people of Nigeria receive their victorious sons back home, Zambia joins them in celebrating this historic and joyous moment,” he added.
He explained that the significance of the victory transcends national boundaries as sport is an important platform for promoting peace and unity on the continent.
“This is because sport, the Africa Cup of Nations, in particular, is an important platform for promoting peace and unity on the continent,” he noted.
Zambia won the 2012 AFON edition that was co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon after beating Cote D’voire in an epic final on post match penalties.
But CAF revised the holding of the tournament from even years to odd years, meaning that Zambia had to defend the trophy just after one year.
Nigeria will represent the African continent at the Confederation Cup next year in Brazil before the 2014 World Cup where they will face reigning World and European Cup holders, Spain, among other continental champions.