Super Eagles players and coaching crew returned to Nigeria on Friday morning after winning the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
A chartered Air Peace aircraft that flew the Super Eagles delegation from Egypt landed in the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 10.40am on Friday.
Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha received the Nigeria delegation on arrival and appreciated the players' efforts in finishing third in a 24 –team Africa Cup of Nations, the biggest in the history of the championship.
“We commend you for finishing third best in the whole of the African continent. We all wanted the first position but this is football where things sometimes do not go as you plan. The Government of Nigeria is quite happy with your level of discipline and professionalism and how you comported yourselves creditably as Nigerian ambassadors.
“The fighting spirit and resilience you demonstrated in Egypt is a reflection of the never-say-die spirit of the Nigerian. We want you to keep it up. I congratulate the technical crew led by Coach Gernot Rohr, the players and the staff of the team. I also wish to congratulate the captain of the team, Mikel Obi that we heard has now retired from international football. We wish him well and thank him immensely for his many years of excellent, patriotic service to the nation.”
On behalf of the team, Ahmed Musa thanked President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and the Federal Government for the support given to the team before, during and after the AFCON 2019, promising that the Super Eagles will endeavour to do better at the next championship.