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Fanfare, cheers greet Super Eagles' arrival

13 February 2013, 07:11

Abuja - The Super Eagles on Tuesday arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, amid fanfare.

The team, aboard a chartered Arik Airliner, 5N-TFW (Air bus 330), touched the tarmac at exactly 3.05 p.m. and were treated to a red carpet reception.

Twenty-one members of the squad, excluding Victor Moses and Efe Ambrose, arrived with other team officials including the Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi.

Various dance groups, students, loved ones, family members and sports administrators were on ground to treat the African champions to a tumultuous reception.

Placards, carrying various inscriptions like "Sunshine Stars FC of Akure congratulates Oboabona", Oboabona and "Omeruo have the manual for Drogba and Yaya Toure", were also displayed by the soccer enthusiasts.

Security agents and passengers at the airport were carried away by the arrival of the players, as some of them, including an immigration officer, embraced some players, to the admiration of other fans.

Fans, sighting Super Eagles' midfielder, Mikel Obi, chanted "obi cherenche obi" to signify the player's arrival in the Arrival Lounge.

The team was escorted by a combination of the soldiers, SSS and the police in a motorcade numbering about 200.

School children and officers and men of the Nigerian Army at the UN Peace Keeping camp stood on the airport road, waving the national flag as the team drove past.

Nigerians living on the road also trooped out in their numbers to cheer the victorious African stars.

FCT Minister Bala Mohammed led the government delegation that welcomed the team, while Chief Patrick Ekeji, Director- General of the National Sports Commission, was at the head of the delegation from the NSC.

Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles' Head Coach, said issues surrounding his resignation were being resolved.

He told newsmen at the airport that in spite of the sports minister’s intervention, there was more to his resignation saga.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team had a brief stopover at the National Stadium before heading for the Presidential Villa, where they would be treated to a dose of presidential reception.



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