Super Eagles receive hero’s welcome in Nigeria despite AFCON loss (Video)

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The Super Eagles received a hero’s welcome in Nigeria despite losing 2-1 to hosts Cote d’Ivoire at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals played on Sunday night.

The Nigerian football team arrived at the Abuja Airport in Nigeria at exactly 12:30 am on February 13, 2024.

On the tarmac were Dr. Sanusi, the GS of the NFF, and Mrs. Watti, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Sports, among others.

Nigeria has won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) three times, but unfortunately they have lost in the finals five times.

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The Super Eagles have lifted the AFCON trophy three times throughout their history (1980, 1994, 2013).

Nigeria has been runners-up in 1984, 1988, 1990, 2000, and adding another runner-up finish in 2023 to their impressive record.

A video of their return was shared on the Super Eagles X account on Tuesday morning.

It was captioned, “Thank you Nigerians…we are back home…thank you for the love🙏🏾🇳🇬⚽️”

Watch Video below;

Netizens react:

@midecupoftee: “The team needs to be encouraged, they have tried to come that far.”

@nonny_sauce: “Special thanks to the Super Eagles and special thanks to Alex Iwobi! We love you.”

@evacomedytv_: “Atleast we came 2nd 🥈 why are they not happy?”

@chyomsss: “They made us proud. We didn’t even think we gonna make it pass the group stage but they took us to the finals 🦅
Some agbaya failed comedian and musician trolling them like his life is any better.”

@adedeji_peace: “Happy iwobi even looks happy after all what he is facing online.”

@kad.luv: “Weather u like it or not nigeria had the best afcon outing than the rest of africa.”

@harmonyart23: “Glad to see iwobi all smiles.”

@culturejosh: “Your son came out second in school, instead of you to encourage the child, and support the child’s effort you went ahead to libel, and slander the child’s commitment, and effort.. Do you think that child will ever be happy with you as parents? That was what transpired here.. learn to appreciate urs Ghana didn’t even make it out of group state let alone Algeria.”

@veevogee: “They did their best small.
Some people bashing them can’t even run for 5mins.
Let them breatheeee.”

@canada_boy95: “Sha Iwobi geh luck no be ABA here we for slide am up as he dey come down from plane.”

@lilya825: “We celebrate you our super eagles you made us proud! Don’t mind Ghana 🇬🇭 they are just hurt and can’t get over the breakfast you served.”

@wm_chim: “So. IWOBI get mind dey Snap.”

@demilade_luciana: ‘Welcome home giants of Africa, we are so proud of u and we love u.ur game unified a country that was going through a lot. Thank you so so much.”

@darecipequeen: “Guys…You made us proud. It’s not easy to be in the finals….Welldone and Welcome.”

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