Victorious Golden Eaglets back home to heroic welcome after U-17 World Cup feat

Posted by News Express | 11 November 2015 | 3,200 times

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A reception worthy of heroes was accorded players and officials of the Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, on arrival to the country on Wednesday from Chile, where they won a fifth World Cup.

The coach Emmanuel Amuneke –led squad touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard Emirates Airline flight EK 785 from Dubai. The team had stayed the night in Dubai on Tuesday after flying from Santiago the previous day.

On hand to receive the victorious boys and their officials were DG, Sports of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Alhassan Saleh Yakmut, NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF 2ndVice President, Shehu Dikko, directors of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, NFF board members Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande and Ahmad Kawu, and NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.

“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 Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports,” said Yakmut.

A cultural troupe entertained just outside the arrival hall and made it possible for several airport officials, travelers and fans to take photographs with the players and officials, as captain Kelechi Nwakali held the glittering trophy aloft all the way.

Thereafter, players and officials were driven round some areas of the Federal Capital Territory in a motorcade before the convoy arrived at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

The new minister of youth and sports, Solomon Dalong, later had dinner with the players at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

The Golden Eaglets will be decamped on Thursday, to reconvene for a presidential reception on a later date. (

•Photo shows world-conquering Golden Eaglets.

Source: News Express

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