–Get Ambassador Bassey Archibong praises
National U-23 Eagles returned to the country yesterday afternoon after thrashing Gabon 4-1 in their first qualifying game of the 2015 All Africa Games.
The Coach Samson Siasia led team arrived in the country aboard an Ethiopia Airline at about 12.25pm via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Ambassador to Gabon, HE Bassey Archibong has said that the real ambassadors of Nigeria are athletes who do the nation proud in sporting events worldwide.
The ambassador said this when he played host to the National U-23 Eagles after their 4-1 victory over their Gabonese counterparts in an All Africa Games qualifying game played on Libreville over the weekend.
While congratulating the footballers for making every Nigeria in Gabon, Archibong said: “Today you all have made all of us in Gabon proud, football like all other sport is a tool for diplomacy and as such players must be disciplined.”
“You all must not see yourselves as indispensable people; you should count yourselves lucky to have been selected by the coaches to don the national colors out of over 50,000 youths you can also be called upon to play for the country.”
He disclosed that from what he saw on Saturday, he is sure that there is so much hope for Nigerian football as this is the first time in a long while he has seen a Nigerian team play so well, adding that at a stage in the game he had to appeal to Bar. Chris Green who sat by his side in the stadium to tell the Coaches to stop scoring for the safety of Nigerians in Gabon.