U17 captain Kelechi Nwakali was at the event. (Twitter/greenvilla)
They became the second side after Brazil to successfully defend the title following triumph in the 2013 event under present U20 coach Manu Garba.
Members of the victorious side (Twitter/Greenvilla)
There were murmurs of disapproval across the country when the players were sent away with N20,000 each on return to Abuja, with the government rejecting a reward package proposed by the Sports minister.
But the presidency quickly moved to quash the rumours by announcing a banquet for January 21 in their honour.
It certainly wasn’t the ‘Naira rain’ of times past as the economic realities do not allow for such today, but they victorious lads were feted by the president with a charge to reach the pinnacle of their chosen careers.
President Buhari greets the ‘Special athletes’ (Twitter/Greenvilla)
Also honoured was the victorious Nigerian team to last year’s Special Olympics in California, where the nation bagged 71 medals including 34 gold medals.