Ikeja — Lagos residents on Friday gave the Super Eagles a rousing welcome as they arrived at the Domestic Terminal 1 of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, popularly known as the General Aviation Terminal.
The Super Eagles on Feb. 10 at the South Africa National Stadium defeated the Stallions of Burkina Faso 1-0 at the finals of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Eagles were in Lagos at the invitation of the Lagos State Government to be honoured for emerging victorious at the competition.
Passengers and workers at the airport, including airline workers, security personnel and airport cab operators, trooped out in large numbers to welcome the team.
People of different vocations hailed the Super Eagles for their brilliant performance at the tournament.
Some described the light rain that heralded the team's arrival in Lagos as a sign that "God approved their superlative performances".
Some members of the crowd took photographs of the players on their cell phones they filed out from the arrival hall of the airport into the buses that took them away to the Lagos House, Ikeja.
"We are proud of you for doing Nigeria proud in South Africa," said an elated football enthusiast.
There were some policemen at the terminal to ensure that the players and the officials had a smooth passage from the airport into the buses.
Their motorcade was led out of the airport by men and officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) around 1:30 p.m.