Heroic welcome for World Champions, Golden Eaglets

412x273xUnder-17-Eaglet-Arrive-at-International-Airport-Abuja-7-e1447269427471.jpg.pagespeed.ic.OtpeURVzPuResidents of Abuja and other neighbouring cities rolled out drums  on Wednesday  to receive the World champions, the Golden Eaglets, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.  The all-conquering Eaglets arrived the Federal capital territory at about  3pm  aboard an Emirates Airline flight.

Eaglets Captain Kelechi Nwakali (m) and his team mate on arrival at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja… on Wednesday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

Ministry of Sport and Youth officials, their Nigeria Football Federation counterparts and creme de la crème in football were on hand to receive the team.

A tumultuous crowd besieged the airport premises to catch a glimpse of the golden boys as they made their way into a waiting motorcade.

Activities around the airport were completely grounded for about one hour as massive jubilation rented the air, with security men ensuring order.

The five-time World champions were almost immediately ushered into a vehicle for open bus parade

round town before settling down at Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

The Emmanuel Amuneke lads defeated their African counterparts, Mali, 2-0 in the final at the just ended FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

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