The Super Eagles of Nigeria were presented with a piece of land and a national award (Member of the Order of the Niger, MON) by President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday. The flats are located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The statement was made by President Tinubu during his meeting with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials and players at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Senator John Owan Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, is in charge of the delegation.
In the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which was hosted by Côte d’Ivoire, the Super Eagles came in second place.
Everyone on the team, dressed in green, as well as officials were present, including Alex Iwobi, who had been the target of cyberattacks after Nigeria’s defeat by Cote d’Ivoire in just concluded African Cup of Nations.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu commended the team, the coach, the crew, and the entire management team for their hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament, acknowledging the hurdles they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performance as they pulled through to the finals.
The President had urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasising that we won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world with our grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.
“Let this passing event not dispirit us but bring us together to work harder. We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.
“To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit. My administration is here to make dreams come true,” the president said.