The Nigeria U23 team, popularly called Dream Team VI arrive Nigeria to a rather low-key welcome.
The Dream Team VI won Nigeria’s only medal at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio.
The U23 team had defeated Honduras 3-2 in the third place match to win bronze on Sunday.
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI arrived the country to a rather lackluster reception from members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and other fans.
Coach Samson Siasia alongside 6 officials and 12 players returned to the country.
Team members who play for international clubs had reportedly returned to their various clubs.
Conspicuously absent on arrival were team captain, John Obi Mikel, and William Troost-Ekong, Haugesund defender Troost-Ekong, AS Trencin midfielder Kingsley Madu.
Also absent were top scorers, Oghenekaro Etebo as well as Umar Aminu and Sadiq Umar.
Low-key Welcome As Dream Team VI Arrive Nigeria
The trio scored a combined total of 10 goals for Nigeria during the competition.
Present on arrival at the Lagos airport on Monday night include Olufemi Ajayi Junior, Saliu Popoola, Okechukwu Azubuike, Stanley Amuzie, Ndifreke Udo, Muenfuh Sincere and Ezekiel Imoh.
Upon their arrival, The Dream Team VI were lodged at the Sheraton Hotel.
They were however expected to depart to their various destinations from Lagos on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Sports as well as the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has yet to disclose any official hosting plan for the team.
Recall that BuzzNigeria had reported that the team had received a $390,000 cash gift from Japanese Surgeon, Katsuya Takasu
The NFF had insisted that the money pass through a “process” at the NFF before onward disbursement to officials and players.
This was not followed as team captain Mikel, insisted the money be shared equally among players and officials.
Mikel had on his part donated his own share to Coach Samson Siasia for his effort and hard work.