The Federal Government yesterday received and assured the Super Eagles of Nigeria of better welfare after their third-place finished at the just concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
President Muhammadu Buhari, made the pledge while receiving the bronze medals-winning team at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in Abuja.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, applauded the team for their performance at the 32nd edition of the African showpiece
“Let me warmly welcome our great team from Cairo, Egypt. You had great team spirit and ruggedness in the competition and that is very commendable”
“Let me assure you that Mr President has taken speedy action about your allowances and very soon you will receive them, I assure you of that,’’ he said
Sportswaka.com reports that the three-time African champions, Nigeria finished third to clinch the bronze medals at the 2019 AFCON after defeating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday evening.
According to the Super Eagles assistant captain, Ahmed Musa thanked the federal government for its support and pledged better outing in future competitions.
Nigeria finished third to pick the bronze medals at the 2019 AFCON after defeating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday.
The bronze winning Nigeria contingent was led by the Nigeria Football Federation First Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, 2nd Vice Chairman Shehu Dikko, Secretary General, Dr Sanusi Mohammed and NFF Executive Committee member Ahmed Yusuf were given a rousing welcome by the government and numerous football supporters.
The team captain John Obi Mikel, striker Odion Ighalo, defender Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, Jamilu Collins, midfielders Samuel Kalu, John Ogu Oghenekaro Etebo and striker Henry Onyekuru have returned to their respective bases in Europe and Asia from Egypt.
Those of them who arrived in Nigeria, aside Musa, include Kenneth Omeruo and home-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Others are Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Chidozie Awaziem, Victor Oshimen, Samuel Chukwueze, Shehu Abdullahi, Daniel Akpeyi, Paul Onuachu and Francis Uzoho.