Following the third place finish of the Nigerian National team at the just concluded Nations Cup, the Federal Government has promised to improve the welfare of the team.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise on today in Abuja while receiving the bronze medal-winning team at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Represented by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, the president has these words to say to the team members:
“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 the federal government was committed to empowering Nigerian youths, especially through sports.
In his response the Super Eagles assistant captain Ahmed Musa thanked the federal government for the support and pledged improved performance future competitions.
Nigeria finished third to pick the bronze medals at the 2019 AFCON after defeating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles, who arrived in Nigeria on Friday morning, were given a rousing welcome by the government and numerous football supporters who defied the rain to welcome their stars home.
The bronze medal-winning team was led by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) First Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, Second Vice-President Shehu Dikko, federation General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and NFF Executive Committee member Ahmed Yusuf.
However, some of the players, such as team captain Mikel Obi and striker Odion Ighalo, have returned to their respective bases in Europe and Asia from Egypt.
Those who arrived in Nigeria on Friday, aside Musa, include Kenneth Omeruo and home-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
The rest are Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Chidozie Awaziem, Victor Oshimen, Samuel Chukwueze, Shehu Abdullahi, Daniel Akpeyi, Paul Onuachu and Francis Uzoho.