President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to ensure great welfarism for the Super Eagles, for coming third at the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt.
Buhari made the promise on Friday in Abuja at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while receiving the bronze medal winning team, NAN reports.
The president, who was represented by the Secretary of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, applauded the team for been good ambassadors of the country.
“Let me warmly welcome our great team from Cairo, Egypt. You had great team spirit and ruggedness in the competition and that is very commendable.
“Let me assure you that Mr President has taken speedy action about your allowances and very soon you will receive them, I assure you of that.’’
The president said the federal government was committed to empowering Nigerian youths especially through sport.
Responding on behalf of the other players, Super Eagles Assistant Captain, Ahmed Musa thanked the federal government for their support and promised better performance in future competitions.
Nigeria finished third to pick the bronze at the 2019 AFCON after beating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles, landed in Nigeria on Friday morning, given a warming welcome by the government and Nigerian football fans who didn’t mind the rain to welcome their stars home.
The bronze winning team was headed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) First Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi; 2nd Vice Chairman, Shehu Dikko; Secretary General, Dr Sanusi Mohammed, and NFF Board member, Ahmed Yusuf.
Some of the players including Captain Mikel Obi and Striker Odion Ighalo had already returned to their bases in Europe and Asia.
But those that arrived Nigeria included Assistant captain, Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, and the home-based goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Others are: Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, Chidozie Awaziem, Victor Oshimen, Samuel Chukwueze, Shehu Abdullahi, Daniel Akpeyi, Paul Onuachu and Francis Uzoho.