Team Nigeria arrived in Abuja to a rousing welcome on Sunday after finishing second overall at the just-concluded 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and other officials were on hand at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to welcome the athletes and officials who arrived on Sunday evening via a chartered flight.
Dare commended the contingent for representing the country well and promised them better welfare and preparations for future international competitions.
” Moments ago I welcomed the 318- man contingent of Team Nigeria from the All Africa Games on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and conveyed to the athletes the congratulatory message of the President. Congratulations Team Nigeria. You made Nigeria proud,” he said in a tweet.
Team Nigeria capped a memorable outing in Morocco with a second place finish, behind defending champions Egypt.
Egypt emerged tops on the medals table with 99 gold, 96 silver and 69 bronze medals, while Nigeria won a total of 121 medals.
South Africa, Algeria and hosts Morocco complete the top five respectively, after 15 days of sports activities in the North African country.
The 12th African Games took place from Aug. 19 to Aug. 31.
Ghana is scheduled to host the next edition in 2023.