President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday announced a cash gift of N5m (31,000 dollars) to each member of the victorious Super Eagles and the team’s three assistant coaches that clinched the gold medal in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
While the Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, was given N10m, (62,000 dollars) members of the technical crew were also given N2m (12,500 dollars) each.
The cash gifts also came with a plot of land and national honours for each member the team.
Keshi bagged the national honour of the Commander of the Order of
Niger while his three assistants and the team captain, Joseph Yobo, were
conferred with Officer of the Order of Niger.
The remaining players were conferred with Member of the Order of Niger.
Jonathan made the announcement amidst loud ovation from the lucky
players during a state dinner he organised in their honour at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, few hours after their arrival in the
The President said two sets of Nigeria's youths, musicians and footballers, had been placing the nation on the world map.
He described the players as super heroes, saying their victory was an inspiration to million of Nigerians.
He said the trophy was the most precious centenary gift presented to the nation by the team.
The President recalled that there was skepticism on the part of
Nigerians on the ability of the team to deliver when they left for the
He commended them for ignoring criticisms and refusing to surrender by their superlative performance.
“The lesson in your victory for all of us is that we should never
give up in the midst of criticism. Believe in yourself. With time, you
will see the fruits of your labour,” he said.
He said the victory was an indication that there would be victory for
his administration as he works hard to transform the country.
He said his administration would continue to give sports it’s pride of place in the country.
He assured the Chief Coach of his full support, urging him to ensure that the nation qualifies for the next World Cup.
Chairman of Globacom, Nigerian mobile telecommunication outfit Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr. also gave the victorious Super Eagles $1million for winning the trophy.