Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Students Sacrifice Learning Hours to Welcome Eagles

Hundreds of students from different schools in the FCT on Tuesday waited for hours along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road to welcome the victorious Super Eagles from South Africa after winning the just concluded prestigious Africa Cup of Nations.

Our reporter observed that the students waited for the arrival of the players from about noon till late in the evening.

The students, who were positioned at strategic location along the airport road were seen waving the national flag and singing songs of joy, while waiting patiently for the Eagles to arrive.

Some of the students, who spoke to our reporter, expressed happiness at the feat achieved by the Super Eagles after 19 years.

They said, "The players have really done Nigerians proud by winning the Nations Cup when it was least expected."

"We're very happy as you can see. It's a thing of joy for all Nigerians; that is why we are here to cheer them as they arrive. This is the only way we can express our happiness. We've been here for hours, but none of us is tired. All of us are proud of the players for winning the cup," said a female student.

According to some of them, they did not bother about the hours they spent waiting on the road, "since it is time to cheer the Eagles as the return home with the trophy."

Our reporter sighted heavy security men guarding the students at various spots as they waited.

The Super Eagles' entourage moved from the Airport to the National Stadium, where another set of football fans were awaiting their return.

They thereafter moved from the stadium to the Presidential Villa, where a reception was held in their honour.

It would be recalled that the Super Eagles won their third Nations Cup title on Sunday in South Africa after the 1980 and 1994 victories, bringing to an end Nigeria's 19-year- trophy drought.

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