Two-time African champions Enyimba FC hosted a celebration in honour of the returning CHAN contingent this week.
The group of five, the largest single representation by any club in the country, was warmly received with a cornucopia of drinks and snacks by club chairman Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu, who praised their performances at the recently concluded tournament in Morocco.
Nigeria recorded its highest-ever finish at the CHAN, finishing runners-up behind the host nation, and Anyansi
was keen to highlight the magnitude of the achievement.
The seasoned administrator also stated that it was a vindication of the management's belief in the crop of players recruited this season,
while praising the entire squad for battling on in spite of the absences.
"Normally, when a team has five players on national duty, it has the right to request for postponement," he pointed out.
"But we decided not to,
because we believed we have a team in you, and you have proven to us that we did not make a mistake in putting together a squad like this."
He seized the opportunity to affirm his belief that, with the squad now boosted both by the return of the CHAN group and previously injured players, Enyimba is set to push on and storm up the table in the coming weeks.