Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Dangote Pledges N130 Million Largesse for Eagles

President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has pledged the sum of N130 million to the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles if they eventually make the country proud by winning the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.

The national team, Super Eagles reached the finals of AFCON 2013 by thrashing the Malian national team 4-1.

A statement from Dangote Group explained that the gesture is part of Dangote Group's corporate social responsibility ( CSR ) to promote and encourage sports development in Nigeria.

The pledge is to acknowledge the exploits of the national team at the AFCON and stimulate them to bring home the coveted trophy.

Sports minister Mallam Bolaji Abudllahi speaking on the pledge said: "Dangote has always demonstrated commitment to Government and people of Nigeria. We are happy over the gesture shown to the players and the coaching crew. It is an example for other well-meaning Nigerians to follow."

Football enthusiasts are commending Aliko Dangote on the gesture describing it as a necessary tonic that would inspire the Super Eagles to win the final match on Sunday February 10 against the Stallions of Burkina Faso.

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