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Super Eagles return after AFCON lose

A chartered plane brought the Nigerian Super Eagles home from Cameroon on Tuesday, where they had played 4 matches at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at 1.10 a.m. and were greeted by officials from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), led by General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and joined by members of the federation’s Executive Committee Yusuf Ahmed and Shehu Dikko.

The plane then flew to Lagos, where it will drop off some players and officials, while the rest headed to the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, where they would be staying.

Sanusi thanked the players for their efforts in Cameroon and said it was time to focus on qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

”You have tried your best. It was just unfortunate that you failed to reach the final. But, right now, what is left is the unfinished business of qualification for Qatar 2022.

We are now looking forward to our World Cup qualifiers against Ghana’s Black Stars in March,” Ahmed Musa, the team captain, told the News Agency of Nigeria. “However, for the time being, we’re back to the business at the club,” he said.

After 3 wins in the competition’s first round, which earned them the title of favourites, the Super Eagles were unable to advance to the 2nd round, losing 0-1 to Tunisia in a match that saw them reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark.

Writing by Saadatu Albashir