Former U16 World Cup winning captain and U17 assistant coach Nduka Ugbade has described the reception the tournament winners received in Nigeria.
When asked during an interview with Sports about the reception at Murtala Mohammed International Airport for victorious Nigerians, he responded by saying:
“The reception was second to none. I doubt there will be anything like that in the near future. I’m just looking forward to that maybe when Nigeria wins two trophies. It may not be the AFCON or the U-17 World Cup the most important, the World Cup for seniors that I hope to see so many crowds and so many fans from the airport to Broad Street, where they welcomed us.
And most likely, and I pray to be a part of that because I want to lead a team that wins the U-20 World Cup or the World Cup. That is what we are looking for and I believe that one day we will achieve it. I also think that the Senior World Cup will not remain elusive for Nigeria as we are producing youth players. So the reception was tumultuous as thousands and thousands showed up at the airport.
The former MFM FC coach added: “I can’t put in numbers because if I try, I won’t do justice to those who followed us. It was incredible. Both old and young, old and even young children were there to cheer us on. I could remember a little girl, maybe 13 or something like that, who followed us, wearing a green school uniform with rubber shoes, from the airport to Broad Street, I never knew how she did it.
She was just jogging next to the open truck that was taking us. During the reception on Broad Street, drinks were being poured on us and in the crowd I could see this girl in a green school uniform sweating and couldn’t believe it. I hope that one day, I don’t know how it will happen, one day in my life, I will see this girl again (who should be a mother today) and she would come to me and tell me that I was that girl. you saw that day. I don’t know how it will happen. But that’s my prayer. “
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