The Chief Patron of Sports in Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has promised a game bonus of 150,000 United States dollars for a win against Nigeria in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification match.
In a radio broadcast to the country on Thursday evening, President Johnson-Sirleaf commended the team for a recent friendly win against Malawi on Tuesday but said the real victory she needs is the one that will unfold on Saturday.
“I want to welcome all of our fellow countrymen who have come from overseas to lift the colour of the nation on the pitch, we wish all of you success as you go all out in defence of the state,” the President said in her broadcast.
The Liberian leader urged all Liberians across the country to put on their Red, White and Blue to participate in the game by cheering the team to victory.
“All of you that will not come to see the team because you are far away in other parts of the country, I ask that you tune in to the radio to continuously support the team throughout the 90 minutes.
“As for you the playing team, we want victory from you and you get a return from us all Liberians, especially a game bonus of 150,000 United States Dollars,” the Liberian leader concluded in her two minute radio message.
Earlier on Wednesday, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan had visited the Super Eagles in their camp in Abuja to motivate them ahead of the very important game. It is the first time in almost three decades that a sitting leader has visited the camp of the national team.
The Lone Stars and Super Eagles will play out their match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe National Stadium, Monrovia.