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Zenith Bank salutes Eagles, Ighalo after bronze medal win


Nigerian players celebrate after winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Third place play-off football match between Tunisia and Nigeria at the Al Salam stadium in Cairo on July 17, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

The Management of Zenith Bank, one of the major sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation, has showered praises on the Super Eagles for finishing third at the 32nd edition of the Africa Nations Cup. 

After a 1-2 loss to Algeria in the semi-finals, the Eagles bounced back to defeat Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday in the third-place play-off.

Striker Odion Ighalo scored the only goal in the third minute to ensure Nigeria finished on a high at the continental football showcase.


The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu said the outfit was proud of the overall performance of the Eagles, noting that to emerge third from 24 finalists was a good feat by all standards.

Onyeagwu said: “Football like every other sport is not easy and we are aware that all the finalists will attempt to emerge first.

“We appreciate the Eagles because only the two teams in the final did better than them. They gave a very good fight and winning the bronze means they at least have something to show for their efforts.

“Other top teams like Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and even Ghana crashed out in the second round and quarterfinals but the Eagles finished in the best three.  We salute the team and our partners the Nigeria Football Federation for a good job. 

“Striker Odion Ighalo also scored five goals and on verge of emerging top scorer. This is good for us.”

The Zenith Bank boss again stressed that the bank would always support the growth of the game while urging fans of the game to always show the spirit of sportsmanship by supporting the team at all times.

The Eagles won five of the seven matches played at the competition in Egypt.

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