Members of the all the conquering U-23 Eagles side are expected back in the country on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Eagles defeated Algeria 2-1 in the final on Saturday at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium to win the trophy for the first time.
According to the team’s itinerary released by the Nigeria Football Federation, the team will be departing the Leopold Senghor International Airport on Monday at 3am aboard an ARIK Airline flight, and is expected to touch down at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by 9am. The group will then board another ARIK airline flight to Abuja.
Meanwhile, all three overseas–based players in the squad, captain Azubuike Okechukwu and forwards Junior Ajayi and Taiwo Awoniyi, have returned to their different clubs and will not be part of the delegation arriving 8n Nigeria.
All three players departed for their bases immediately after the team returned to their Alafifa Hotel base from the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor on Saturday night.
Warri Wolves forward, Oghenekaro Etebo, scored both goals for Nigeria to finish the competition as the leading marksman with five goals.
Nigeria alongside Algeria and South Africa will represent Africa in the football event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Senegal will face an Asian representative in play-off to secure a place in
Nigeria won gold medal in the event in Atlanta 1996, a feat that was matched by four years later by Cameroon.