Jonathan Fetes F/Eagles, Eaglets Tuesday In Aso Villa

GEJPresident Goodluck Jonathan will on Tuesday host the country’s U-17 and U-20 teams, officials have disclosed.

The Golden Eaglets lost in the final of the African U-17 Championship in Morocco, while the Flying Eagles placed third at the African Youth Championship in Algeria.

The Eaglets lost on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire after final scores stood at 1-1 in the championship final in Marrakech.

The U-20s defeated Mali 2-1 in a third-placed match to avenge a 1-0 loss to their West African rivals.

Both teams have qualified for their respective World Cups and Nigeria can boast of a special record of having medals in Africa at full international, U-20 and U-17 levels in one calendar year.

Top government and sports ministry officials have been locked in talks over the presidential reception.

A top official said: “The President will receive the teams on Tuesday at Aso Rock.

“All arrangements in this regard have been finalised.”

However, the Flying Eagles would be honoured in absentia as the team is currently in Germany on a training tour ahead of the U-20 World Cup in Turkey next month.

Interestingly Nigeria won the 2011 African Youth Championship in South Africa.

President Jonathan rewarded the Super Eagles with national honours, cash and plots of land when the team won a third Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in February.