President Bola Tinubu convened a meeting with the national team, the Super Eagles, on Tuesday, where he announced national awards, Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), to each player.
Additionally, they were honored with flats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and parcels of land. The honours bestowed on them also included flats in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and a piece of land.
The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, led the delegation to the presidency, which also included officials from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
The Super Eagles secured second place in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosted by Côte d’Ivoire. During the meeting, the team members were attired in green outfits.
All the team members were adorned with green attires. Among the officials present was Alex Iwobi, who had faced cyberattacks following Nigeria’s loss to Cote D’Ivoire in the AFCON final.
Tinubu, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, commended the team, coach, crew, and entire management for their dedication, hard work, and sacrifices that led them to this stage in the tournament. He acknowledged the challenges they overcame with improved performance, culminating in their journey to the finals.
“The President had urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasising that Nigeria won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world by grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play,” Tinubu remarked.
“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 concluded.