All roads lead to the Federal Capital Territory as the FIFA U17 World Champions, Golden Eaglets, have touched-down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja today November 11, 2015.
Eaglets’ captain Nwakali (M) shields the FIFA U17 trophy from fans.
The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that the ‘golden boys’ will experience a very big reception, adding that an open-bus-parade around town in Abuja will follow before it’s climax at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama – Abuja.
— The NFF (@thenff) November 11, 2015
The Eaglets and officials were met by a cultural troupe just outside arrival hall of the Airport.
Naij.com sports was present to usher in the Champions. However, on the ground to usher in the players were, the director general of the national sports commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut; Shehu Dikko, second vice president of the NFF; Seyi Akinwunmi, first vice president of the NFF and other dignitaries from the NSC.
Abuja residents came out en-masse with Nigerian flag to usher the team into the country, primary and secondary students also came out to jeer them up, the team however was waving to the people.
The team left the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to the federal secretariat amidst pomp and pagentry, the entourage arrived the Transcorp Hilton to freshen up before a dinner and gala night which has been pre-arranged for them by the sports commission.
“It is a great feeling to be world champions, I’m happy that I have represented my country, state and family well and we can see that this has made a lot of people happy too.” an elated Funsho Bamgboye who scored the winning goal after the match told journalists.
“Really, what matters more to me is the cheerful feelings of Nigerians. It is a thing of joy to see Nigerians bask in the euphoria of what we have done. I am particularly happy that out of 170 million Nigerians I was privileged and honored to serve my fatherland. I am glad that we are collectively celebrating today,” head coach of the team, Emmanuel Amunike told the media that were present.
“The entire nation is proud of you. You have done a great thing to bring honour to this country, and Mr. President is very delighted. I also wish to convey to you the joy of the new Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports,” director-general of the NSC, Al-Hassan Yakmut told journalists.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalong had dinner with the team at the Transcorp Hilton. The NFF asked the team to dispersed and meet with their respective family members pending the Presidential reception.
In a chat with naij.com sports on thursday morning, director-general of the NSC, Al-Hassan Yakmut said they do not know when the President will host the team: “Of course the President will host the team but I don’t when the President will host them but I believe it will be soon but for now we will wait for his directive.”
The dance troupe
More photos below:
Crown waiting to receive the history making Eaglets.
The captain of the side shows the home fans what the trophy looks like.
Nwakali exposes the trophy
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