The Eagles arriving Dhaka
Nigeria's Super Eagles received a princely welcome, complete with red carpet, when they arrived in Bangladesh on yesterday for today's high profile friendly against Argentina.
The 33-man squad, flown into Dhaka on a 40-seater, all business class Royal Jet aircraft, arrived to what was just short of a tumultuous welcome.
Officials of the Bangladeshi Football Federation met the squad at the arrival lounge of airport, and then members of the Bangladeshi national football team mounted a guard of honour to welcome the Super Eagles at the VIP lounge.
Outside, the team were decorated with garlands and sprinkled with fragrant confetti by a line of Bangladeshi beauties.
Along the drive to the airport, scores of Bangladeshi and some Nigerians with the green white green flag lined the streets waving to the team and taking pictures.
All that was nothing compared to what awaited the squad at their Westin Hotel lodgings where a horde of television and still cameras descended on the team bus as the players arrived.
This was in addition to a huge crowd that had gathered at the hotel surroundings awaiting the arrival of the players.
There were even more garlands and confetti at the hotel as the squad were shown their way up to their rooms with the crowd outside staying on to catch a glimpse of the Nigerian stars.
Members of the Nigerian Football Supporters Club were also present at the hotel in their distinct t-shirts to welcome the lads.
The team later around 7pm had a light workout at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, venue for the match.
After a month plagued by controversy, misinformation and belated changes of schedule, the dream of a million Bangladeshis is finally coming true.
Following the training session in the evening, Argentina will attend an official dinner at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel for a section of invited guests and officials only.