By Victor Kanayo
Nigeria’s Super Eagles early Tuesday morning touched down Abuja from Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire, venue of the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Heritage Times HT reports that the team were welcomed by the country’s top government officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Later on same day, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will host them at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The reception will take place after the team lost 2-1 to the host Ivory Coast at the final of the tournament on Sunday.
After the game, President Tinubu saluted the Super Eagles for their tenacious performance in the final of the Nations Cup.
President Tinubu, in a statement on Monday by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, commended the team, the coach, the crew, and the entire management team for their hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament, acknowledging the hurdles they consistently surpassed to get to the finals.
The president urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasizing that “We won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world by our grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.
“Let this passing event not dispirit us, but bring us together to work harder. We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.”