Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: FCT Residents Give Super Eagles a Rousing Welcome

Residents of FCT trooped out in large numbers to welcome the victorious Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the crowd, including students in colourful uniforms and holding Nigeria's flag, lined the Airport Road from the City Gate to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to welcome the Eagles who beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final to clinch the title for the third time.

At the airport were different cultural troupes drumming and dancing.

More than 100 high-capacity buses were used to convey people from the town to the airport free.

Security personnel had a tough time controlling the crowd who forcibly gained entrance into the arrival hall of the airport.

Some of the spectators at the airport told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the team deserved the warm reception they got.

Mr Nwachucku Okey, a trader at Wuse market, said that he shut his shop in order to welcome the Super Eagles for making Nigerians proud.

"I close my shop today because I don't want people to come and tell me the story and whatever I lost today means nothing in the spirit of celebration," he said.

Olaoluwa Akinwale, a student of Lugbe Secondary School, said that the school authority instructed them to line up by the road to cheer the team.

Akinwale said that the victory of the Super Eagles had encouraged him to develop interest in football, adding that he might become a footballer.

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