The Nigerian leader has announced cash rewards and national honours for members of the victorious U-17 football team
President Goodluck Jonathan announced a cash reward of N2 two million to each player of the Fifa U17 World Cup winning squad at a special reception in their honour at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Head coach of the team Manu Garba got the sum of N3 million while his assistants, Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amunike were given N2.5 million each.
The team’s doctor, physiotherapist, secretary, and the chief technical officer were not left out of the largesse as they took home N500, 000. While the team coordinator, media officer and curator were given N300, 000 each.
In his remarks, the Nigeria president praised the team’s dedication, discipline and determination from being the second best in Africa to becoming the best in the world. He also assured that his administration would continue to provide needed support in terms of facilities and funding to the sports sector.
”The victory of the Eaglets was for the whole of Africa and the beginning of the revival in the nation’s sports sector,” he said.
President Jonathan also said that the players, all their handlers and some key officials of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club would be given national honours at a later date.
Meanwhile the National Sport Commission will also hold a special retreat for players and officials of the victorious Golden Eaglets in order to forestall any untoward incident in their immediate and future careers.