Fanfare In Calabar As Eagles Arrive
Posted: May 27, 2012
It was a carnival like atmosphere on Sunday evening when the Super Eagles landed at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar for Sunday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Namibia, which will hold at the U.J Esuene Stadium.
At the head of the Cross River State Welcome Party was the Commissioner for Sports, Patrick Ugbe and State Security Adviser, Rekpene Bassey.NFF Technical Director, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme was also among other top dignitaries who were detailed by Cross River state governor, Liyel Imoke to give the Eagles a rousing welcome reception from the airport all the way to their camp site at the Metropolitan Hotel in the heart of the city.
The traditional troupe churned out music akin to that of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club complete with their green and white colours and escorted the team and its officials all the way to the hotel.
Speaking on the ground breaking reception, Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, said it has been long that he saw such amazing welcome for the national team, especially at a time that the team is rebuilding.
“We must thank Governor Imoke, the NFF and the good people of Cross River State and assure them that come match day we will make them proud hosts of the national team'',he said.
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