The Super Eagles of Nigeria have returned to the country
after finishing second at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in
On Sunday, Nigeria lost 2-1 to the Elephants of Cote
d’Ivoire in the AFCON final held at the Olympic Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan.
Nigeria took the lead in the match after William
Troost-Ekong scored a powerful header in the first half, but Franck Kessie and
Sebastien Haller scored in the second half for the Ivorians.
The loss halted the country’s dream of a fourth AFCON title
for the time being.
Following the loss in the final, the players have returned
to the country.
In a video shared by Diana-mary Nsan, media aide to John
Enoh, minister of sports development, the players landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe
Stadium in the early hours of Tuesday.
She added that the minister of sports development was with
the team alongside Ibrahim Gusau, the president of the Nigerian Football
The Eagles were welcomed by a sizeable crowd of people with
miniature Nigerian flags. The fans clapped and cheered as the players descended
from the plane.
Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi was singled out by many fans on social
media for criticism over the team’s performance in the final.
The Fulham midfielder was targeted by trolls on social media
who accused him of putting out a poor performance at the tournament.
The backlash culminated in Iwobi deleting almost all his
The situation compelled Ahmed Musa, the Eagles captain, to
call on Nigerians to stop “cyberbullying” his teammate, adding that Iwobi “gave
his all on the field, just like every member of our squad”.
William Troost-Ekong, Victor Osimhen, Kenneth Omeruo and
other members of the Eagles squad also threw their support behind Iwobi.
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