AFCON 2023

AFCON Semis: South Africa’s Chippa United FC Backs Nwabali, Super Eagles

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

AHEAD of tonight’s titanic clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana, South Africa‘s football club, Chippa United FC, says it’s backing Stanley Nwabali and the Eagles to carry the day.

Stonix News reports that in the first semifinal match of the ongoing AFCON in Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles are clashing with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

In a letterhead statement signed by the club’s chairman, Siviwe Chippa Mpengesi, Chippa United FC said Nigeria’s Nwabali has brought global visibility to the club since the AFCON started with sterling performance.

“I would like to start by extending my congratulations to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for showcasing the highest number of domestic players at the 2023 AFCON toumament. Close to 30 players from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, and even the host country, Ivory Coast who play in the PSL league were part of the AFCON 2023 tournament thanks to Chairman Dr. Irvin.

“Acknowledgment is also given to Coach Hugo Broos, who boldly trusted our domestic players, unlike previous Batana Bafana national team coaches who preferred to select players who played abroad as bench warmers instead, to represent our National Team.

“My commendation also go out to Mamelodi Sundowns FC and their technical staff for their outstanding contribution, highlighted by the inclusion of 8 players in the Bafana Balana starting lineup.

“Furthermore, my heartfelt applause is due to the CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe for orchestrating what is arguably the finest AFCON toumament of the century, showcasing the continent’s football prowess and uniting us in the spirit of the game. It’s a moment of pride and reflection on our joumey and growth in African football,” he enthused.

According to Mpengesi, “As the Chairman of Chippa United FC and as a proud South African, I find myself in a unique position during this 2023 AFCON tourmament in that our very own Nigeria international, Stanley Nwabali, has been a revelation; his performance for the Nigerian National Team has caught the eyes of the globe, earning him and our club international acclaim.

“With Stanley’s rising profile and the international attention it brings to Chippa United FC, the benefits have been nothing but positive.

“Therefore, I and Chippa United FC stand behind our player Stanley Nwaball and the Nigerian Super Eagles tomorrow (today) against South Africa Bafana Bafana. We wish the Super Eagles all the best.”

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